Kroger names new Ralphs president

Donna Giordano, president of Kroger's (NYSE:KR) Ralphs division, has announced her retirement after 44 years with the company. Valerie Jabbar has been promoted to succeed her.

Jabbar currently serves as VP of merchandising for Ralphs.

"Donna's distinguished leadership has helped Ralphs continue to grow, serve more customers in the highly competitive Southern California market, and help Kroger across our business," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "She is respected throughout the industry and among our associates for her strategic leadership and engagement in the communities we serve. The entire Kroger family thanks Donna for her many contributions and wishes her and her family all the best in retirement."

Giordano joined the company's King Soopers banner as a courtesy clerk in 1972, while still in college. She was named store manager at King Soopers in 1982, and later held various director-level positions in key areas, including advertising, bakery, general merchandise, grocery and pharmacy.  

In 1999, Giordano was promoted to VP of sales and marketing of King Soopers and was promoted to president of QFC in 2002 before being named to her current role in 2011.

Like her predecessor, Jabbar began her career with the company as a store clerk in 1987. Through the years she served in a variety of positions and was promoted to her current role in the Ralphs division in 2013.

Kroger is in a growth phase, expanding store counts and testing new formats.

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