Kroger executive to retire after 44 years

Marnette Perry, Kroger senior VP for retail operations and strategic initiatives, announced her retirement, effective April 29.

Perry joined Kroger (NYSE:KR) in 1972 as a part-time cashier in Portsmouth, Ohio. She went on to serve in several leadership positions, eventually establishing Kroger's natural foods and floral departments and taking on her current role in 2012.

"Marnette's story is one we can all be proud of: She joined Kroger for a job as a part-time cashier while in college, and stayed for a remarkable career that spanned operations, merchandising and executive leadership," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Marnette's significant contributions will leave an indelible mark on Kroger. The entire Kroger family thanks Marnette for her years of service and we wish her and her family all the best in retirement."

Her successor will be named later.

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