Kroger taps internal exec as investor relations director

       Kate Ward

Kroger promoted Kate Ward, manager of finance, to director of investor relations. Ward succeeds Cindy Holmes, who was promoted to senior director of pension investments.

Ward has worked for Kroger since 2001, when she joined as an auditor. She moved to capital management in 2005 and held several leadership positions in that division.

Holmes started at Kroger in 1990 as a systems analyst. She held multiple leadership roles in finance, including director of treasury for two years before serving as director of investor relations for nearly five years.

"Kate has been a valuable member of our capital management team for the last 10 years. We are very pleased she will bring her experience to working with our investors and analysts," said Mike Schlotman, Kroger's exec-VP and CFO. "We thank Cindy for her accomplished service in investor relations, and look forward to her contributions on our pension investments team."

Kroger recently made headlines after buying Roundy's for $800 million in cash and has made other executive changes as of late. Press Release