Kroger regional president to retire

Kroger announced that Bruce Macaulay, president of the grocery chain's Columbus division, will retire on March 27.

Macaulay assumed his role in 2008, when he was charged with leading operations for 123 stores in northwest, southeast and central Ohio. Before that, he was president of the Great Lakes Division, which combined the retailer's Michigan and Columbus divisions.

"Bruce is an extraordinary leader and gentleman," said Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO. "His passion for our associates, customers and the community have contributed to Kroger's growth in countless ways. Bruce's knowledge, compassion and guidance will be missed, but his legacy will continue within our industry, company and the community."

Macaulay joined the company in 1973, starting out as a part-time clerk. While attending Ohio State University, he worked at the Berwick Plaza store in Columbus, eventually entering the management training program in 1979. He has worked in various roles with the retailer, including positions as co-manager, store manager, grocery merchandising and district manager. He has also held positions as director of grocery merchandising; VP of grocery merchandising and procurement; and group VP of grocery, drug/general merchandising, pharmacy and advertising while at the company's corporate headquarters in Cincinnati. Story