Management & Directors

Management & Directors

Senior Management

Jessica C. Adelman
Group Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Jessica C. Adelman is Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs for The Kroger Co. In this role, she focuses on reputation management, including external communications and brand public relations, environmental sustainability and social responsibility, media, government and regulatory affairs, crisis management, cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy and community relations.

Jessica has 20 years of experience as a Corporate Affairs executive in the food industry. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Syngenta North America, a leading agriculture company. Jessica has also held several strategic leadership roles with other companies in the food value chain, including both Cargill and Monsanto. She was named to her current role in 2015.

Jessica graduated from Dartmouth College and earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. She also earned an M.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an executive certificate in trade policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Jessica, her husband and their three children are enjoying the welcoming community and vibrant city of Cincinnati.
Mary Ellen Adcock
Group Vice President of Retail Operations
Mary Ellen Adcock is Group Vice President of Retail Operations for The Kroger Co. In this role, she leads the Retail Operations team.

Mary Ellen joined Kroger in 1999 at our Country Oven Bakery in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She held several leadership positions in Kroger Manufacturing, including Human Resources Manager, General Manager and Division Operations Manager. She was promoted to Vice President of Deli/Bakery Manufacturing in 2009. In 2012, she was promoted to Vice President of Natural Foods and moved to the Columbus Division in 2014 as Vice President of Merchandising.
Stuart Aitken
Group Vice President
As CEO of 84.51°, Stuart Aitken leads the team of 500+ associates as they work together to put the consumer at the center of every business decision. With an extensive background in technology, marketing and managing large organizations, he’s a firm believer in using data science to make people’s lives easier. Stuart previously served as CEO of dunnhumbyUSA for six years. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for arts-and-crafts retailer Michael’s Stores. For nearly a decade, he led marketing strategies, loyalty marketing, data analytics, innovation, and category management at Safeway.

Stuart is originally from Scotland and lived in South Africa for 10 years before coming to the United States. He played rugby both those places and the US, and learned the value of teamwork and the power of courage. Stuart is an active participant for non-profits and businesses throughout the Tri-State community. He serves on the board of directors for the CincinnatiUSA Regional Chamber and on the board of trustees for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the CBACM for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

He is married and has two children.

Stuart holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Information Management and also worked as a software industry consultant and as a technology professor.
Robert W. Clark
Senior Vice President, Merchandising
Mr. Clark has responsibility for Digital Merchandising & Merchandising Services, Grocery, HBC Non-Perishables, Inventory & Replenishment, Pharmacy, Planning & Promotion, General Merchandise and Supply Chain.

Robert joined Fry’s Food Stores in 1985 as a courtesy clerk. Since then, he has held various leadership positions, including store and district management as well as in Grocery Merchandising. In 2002, he was named vice president of Merchandising for Fry’s. In 2010, he was promoted to vice president of Operations for the Columbus Division before taking on the role of vice president of Merchandising for the Fred Meyer Division in 2011. He most recently served as group vice president, non-perishables.

He and his wife, Kelli, live in Northern Kentucky, and have two daughters, one son and five grandchildren.
Yael Cosset
Yael Cosset joined dunnhumby in 2009 as executive vice president of consumer markets. He was named global chief information officer in 2011 and led technology and product matters.

In 2015 he was named chief commercial officer and chief information officer of 84.51°. He also served as chief executive officer of KSS Retail, a dunnhumby company and global enterprise software provider of price modeling and optimization solutions for retailers worldwide.

In both roles, Mr. Cosset collaborated closely with executives at Kroger as well as Tesco, Macy's and Raley's among others, to deliver innovative customer insight and personalization platforms.

He was named to his current role in 2017. Mr. Cosset and his wife, Judy, live with their son in Greater Cincinnati.
Michael J. Donnelly
Executive Vice President of Merchandising
Mike leads the company’s Merchandising and Procurement teams for Grocery, Perishables, Drug/GM and Pharmacy. He also has overall responsibility for Marketing, Loyalty, Corporate Brands, Digital, Merchandising Systems Strategy, Manufacturing, Logistics/Supply Chain, Culinary Innovation, The Little Clinic and Vitacost.

Mike began his career at Fry’s Food Stores in California in 1978. He advanced to several leadership positions at Fry’s, including district management. He was named vice president of Merchandising for Fry’s in 1995 and promoted to president of the Fry’s Division in 2000. After serving as senior vice president of Drug/General Merchandise in 2002, he resumed his role as president of Fry’s in 2003. He was named president of the Ralphs Division in 2007, and he was promoted to his current position in 2011.

Mike is a director at 84.51° and was a member of the Coca-Cola retailing research council.

Mike lives in Cincinnati, and enjoys spending time with his kids.
Christopher T. Hjelm
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Chris Hjelm is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Kroger Co. He is responsible for managing the company’s nationwide network of Information and Technology Systems, including systems used in retail stores, manufacturing plants, distribution centers and offices, as well as Research & Development. He also oversees 84.51°, Aviation, Corporate Travel, Indirect Sourcing, and the Check Recovery Center.

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and an honorary Ph.D. from Colorado Technical University. Before joining Kroger in 2005, Chris was CIO of Cendant’s Travel Distribution Services. He also served as senior vice president for technology at eBay Inc., executive vice president at Excite@Home, and senior vice president and CIO at Federal Express Corp.

He serves on the board of directors for Kindred Healthcare, a public company that provides acute care rehabilitation services.

Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Cincinnati and enjoy travel and golf with their three children and growing family.  He has a particular passion for food and is an aspiring amateur chef.
Timothy A. Massa
Group Vice President of Human Resources & Labor Relations

Mr. Massa is Group Vice President of Human Resources & Labor Relations for The Kroger Company. His responsibilities include Labor Relations, Recruiting, Organization Design, Learning and Development, Succession Planning, Talent Development, and Performance Management.

Tim joined Kroger in October 2010. Prior to that, he served in numerous HR Leadership positions for 21 years at Procter & Gamble. This included 9 relocations across the US as well as 3 years based in Central Europe. Tim has an extensive global HR generalist background in Leadership Development, Performance Management, Strategy Development, and Employee Engagement. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from The University of Dayton in 1989. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and is married to Lisa Massa. Tim and Lisa live in Montgomery, Ohio with their two teenage daughters, Mallory and Morgan.

Some of Tim’s key affiliations include:

• Cincinnatus Leadership Society Member of The United Way
• College of Mt. St. Joseph Board of Trustees member
• Freestore Foodbank Board of Trustees
• University of Dayton Champions and Scholars Program member
• Greater Cincinnati Fund Foundation Member
• Active member of The Network of Executive Women (NEW) Association
• HR for HR Executives Summit Board member
• Tickets for Kids Charities Member
William Rodney McMullen
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. McMullen was elected Chairman of the Board in January 2015 and Chief Executive Officer of Kroger in January 2014. Mr. McMullen served as Kroger’s President and Chief Operating Officer from August 2009 to December 2013. Prior to that role, Mr. McMullen was elected to various roles at Kroger including Vice Chairman in 2003, Executive Vice President in 1999 and Senior Vice President in 1997. Mr. McMullen is a director of Cincinnati Financial Corporation and VF Corporation.
John Michael Schlotman
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mike Schlotman is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Kroger Co. He is responsible for Accounting, Capital Management, Corporate Finance, Facility Engineering, Investor Relations, Pension Management, Real Estate, Shared Services, Tax and Treasury. Additionally, he is responsible for Convenience Stores, Jewelry Stores, Corporate Reporting and Insights, Data Integrity and Risk Management.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport.  He also serves on the Ohio National Board and the University of Cincinnati Economics Center Board.

Mike joined Kroger in 1985 and has held a variety of leadership positions in accounting, including vice president and corporate controller. He was named group vice president and chief financial officer in 2000, and was named senior vice president in 2003.

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.

He and his wife live in Kentucky and have one son.
Erin Sharp
Group Vice President, Manufacturing
Erin Sharp is Group Vice President of Manufacturing for The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati. She is responsible for Kroger’s network of manufacturing plants as well as Sourcing and Planning for all of Kroger Corporate Brands grocery products.

Erin joined Kroger in 2011 as vice president, Operations for the Manufacturing Division. She was promoted to her current role in 2013. Before joining the company, she served as vice president of Manufacturing for Sara Lee Corporation. In that role, Erin led the Manufacturing and Logistics Operations for the Central Region of their U.S. Fresh Bakery Division.

Erin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas. Erin serves on the Board of Directors for the local Cincinnati Red Cross as well as serves on industry boards for the ABA (American Bakers Association) and IDFA (International Dairy Foods Association).
Alex Tosolini
Senior Vice President, New Business Development
Alex Tosolini is Senior Vice President of New Business Development for The Kroger Co. He leads the strategic process to identify, evaluate, and develop new opportunities that capitalize on Kroger’s powerful assets and contribute to the Company’s continued growth and financial performance.

Alex joined Kroger in November 2014. He has 24 years of experience as a global business executive for the Procter & Gamble Co., most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Global eBusiness and Vice President of Global eCommerce. He held numerous leadership positions for P&G throughout his career, in the U.S. and internationally, and managed the development of innovative products and services in many lines of the business.

Alex was born and raised in Italy and earned a degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan before beginning his career with P&G in the United Kingdom in 1990.

He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children, and live in Cincinnati.
Mark Tuffin
Senior Vice President
Mark Tuffin is Senior Vice President of Retail Divisions for The Kroger Co.

Mark started his career in the grocery business at Tesco while studying economics in Maidstone, England. He held various positions with other supermarket retailers before joining Smith’s Food and Drug Stores in 1996. Smith’s became a retail division of The Kroger Co. in 1998.

At Smith’s, Mark served in a series of leadership roles and was named vice president of Merchandising in 1999. In 2009, he was promoted to vice president of Transition at Kroger’s general office in Cincinnati. In this role, he was responsible for implementing an organizational restructuring initiative affecting the company’s 18 retail divisions. Mark then moved back to Smith’s in 2011 to serve as president before taking on his current role as senior vice president for retail divisions in 2014.
Christine S. Wheatley
Group Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Christine Wheatley is Group Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for The Kroger Co. and has responsibility for the legal matters of the company.

Prior to joining Kroger's Law Department in 2008, Christine was in the private practice of law for 11 years; most recently as a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in Cincinnati. She was promoted to her current position in 2014.

Christine serves on the Board of The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and represents Kroger on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She is the executive sponsor of the Alliance of Kroger associate resource group.

Christine has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law. Christine and her husband Bryan live in Cincinnati and enjoy spending time with their daughter and son.

Board of Directors

Nora Anne Aufreiter
Director Since 2014
Ms. Aufreiter is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She retired in June 2014 after more than 27 years with McKinsey, most recently as a director and senior partner. During that time, she worked extensively in the U.S., Canada, and internationally with major retailers, financial institutions and other consumerfacing companies. Before joining McKinsey, Ms. Aufreiter spent three years in financial services working in corporate finance and investment banking. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Bank of Nova Scotia, The Neiman Marcus Group, and Cadillac Fairview, one of North America’s largest owners, operators and developers of commercial real estate. Ms. Aufreiter also serves on the boards of St. Michael’s Hospital and the Canadian Opera Company, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Ivey Business School in Ontario, Canada.

Ms. Aufreiter has over 30 years of broad business experience in a variety of retail sectors. Her vast experience in leading McKinsey’s North American Retail Practice, North American Branding service line and the Consumer Digital and Omnichannel service line is of particular value to the Board. She also brings to the Board valuable insight on commercial real estate.

Age: 56
Director Since: 2014
Committees: Financial Policy and Public Responsibilities
Robert David Beyer
Director Since 1999
Mr. Beyer is Chairman of Chaparal Investments LLC, a private investment firm and holding company that he founded in 2009. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Beyer served as Chief Executive Officer of The TCW Group, Inc., a global investment management firm. From 2000 to 2005, he served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Trust Company of the West, the principal operating subsidiary of TCW. Mr. Beyer is a member of the Board of Directors of Leucadia National Corporation. In the past five years he also served as a director of The Allstate Corporation.

Mr. Beyer brings to Kroger his experience as CEO of TCW, a global investment management firm serving many of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. He has exceptional insight into Kroger’s financial strategy, and his experience qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board. While at TCW, he also conceived and developed the firm’s risk management infrastructure, an experience that is useful to Kroger’s Board in performing its risk management oversight functions. His abilities and service as a director were recognized by his peers, who selected Mr. Beyer as an Outstanding Director in 2008 as part of the Outstanding Directors Program of the Financial Times. His strong insights into corporate governance form the foundation of his leadership role as Lead Director on the Board.

Age: 57
Director Since: 1999
Committees: Corporate Governance and Financial Policy
Anne Gates

Ms. Gates is President of MGA Entertainment, Inc., a privately-held developer, manufacturer and marketer of toy and entertainment products for children, a position she has held since 2014. Ms. Gates held roles of increasing responsibility with The Walt Disney Company from 1992-2012. Her roles included executive vice president, managing director and chief financial officer for Disney Consumer Products and senior vice president of operations, planning and analysis. Prior to joining Disney, Ms. Gates worked for PepsiCo and Bear Stearns.

Ms. Gates has over 15 years of experience in the retail and consumer products industry. She brings to Kroger financial expertise gained while serving as President of MGA and CFO of a division of the Walt Disney Company. Ms. Gates has a broad business background in marketing, strategy and business development, including international business. Her expertise in toy and entertainment products is of particular value to the Board. Ms. Gates has been designated an Audit Committee financial expert.

Age: 56
Director Since 2015
Committees: Audit and Public Responsibilities
Susan J. Kropf
Director Since 2007
Ms. Kropf was President and Chief Operating Officer of Avon Products Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of beauty care products, from 2001 until her retirement in January 2007. She joined Avon in 1970 and, during her tenure at Avon, Ms. Kropf also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Avon North America and Global Business Operations from 1998 to 2000 and President, Avon U.S. from 1997 to 1998. Ms. Kropf was a member of Avon’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006. She currently is a director of Avon Products, Inc., New Avon, LLC, Coach, Inc., and Sherwin Williams Company. In the past five years she also served as a director of MeadWestvaco Corporation.

Ms. Kropf has unique and valuable consumer insight, having led a major, publiclytraded beauty and related consumer products company. She has extensive experience in manufacturing, marketing, supply chain operations, customer service, and product development, all of which assist her in her role as a member of Kroger’s Board. Ms. Kropf has a strong financial background, and has significant boardroom experience through her service on the boards of various public companies, including experience serving on compensation, audit, and corporate governance committees. She was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.

Age: 68
Director Since: 2007
Committees: Compensation and Corporate Governance
Jorge P. Montoya
Director Since 2007
Mr. Montoya was President of The Procter & Gamble Company’s Global Snacks & Beverage division, and President of Procter & Gamble Latin America, from 1999 until his retirement in 2004. Prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President of Procter & Gamble, a provider of branded consumer packaged goods, from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Montoya is a director of The Gap, Inc.

Mr. Montoya brings to Kroger’s Board over 30 years of leadership experience at a premier consumer products company. He has a deep knowledge of the Hispanic market, as well as consumer products and retail operations. Mr. Montoya has vast experience in marketing and general management, including international business. He was named among the 50 most important Hispanics in Business & Technology, in Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.

Age: 69
Director Since: 2007
Committees: Compensation and Public Responsibilities
Clyde R. Moore
Director Since 1997
Mr. Moore was the Chairman of First Service Networks, a national provider of facility and maintenance repair services, until his retirement in 2015. Prior to that he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Service Networks from 2000 to 2014.

Mr. Moore has over 30 years of general management experience in public and private companies. He has sound experience as a corporate leader overseeing all aspects of a facilities management firm and numerous manufacturing companies. Mr. Moore’s expertise broadens the scope of the Board’s experience to provide oversight to Kroger’s facilities, digital and manufacturing businesses.

Age: 62
Director Since: 1997
Committees: Compensation and Corporate Governance
James A. Runde
Director Since 2006
Mr. Runde is a special advisor and a former Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley, a financial services provider, where he was employed from 1974 until his retirement in 2015. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Burlington Resources Inc. prior to its acquisition by ConocoPhillips in 2006. Mr. Runde serves as a Trustee Emeritus of Marquette University and the Pierpont Morgan Library.

Mr. Runde brings to Kroger’s Board a strong financial background, having led a major financial services provider. He has served on the compensation committee of a major corporation.

Age: 69
Director Since: 2006
Committees: Compensation and Financial Policy
Ronald L. Sargent
Director Since 2006
Mr. Sargent is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc., a business products retailer, where he has been employed since 1989. Prior to joining Staples, Mr. Sargent spent 10 years with Kroger in various positions. In addition to serving as a director of Staples, Mr. Sargent is a director of Five Below, Inc. During the past five years, he was a director of Mattel, Inc. and The Home Depot, Inc.

Mr. Sargent has over 35 years of retail experience, first with Kroger and then with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership at Staples, Inc. His efforts helped carve out a new market niche for the international retailer that he leads. His understanding of retail operations and consumer insights are of particular value to the Board. Mr. Sargent has been designated an Audit Committee financial expert.

Age: 60
Director Since: 2006
Committees: Audit and Public Responsibilities
Bobby S. Shackouls
Director Since 1999
Mr. Shackouls was Chairman of the Board of Burlington Resources Inc., a natural resources business, from July 1997 until its merger with ConocoPhillips in 2006 and its President and Chief Executive Officer from December 1995 until 2006. Mr. Shackouls was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Company (formerly known as Meridian Oil Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Burlington Resources, from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Shackouls is a director of PAA GP Holdings, LLC and Oasis Petroleum Inc. In the past five years, Mr. Shackouls was a director of PNGS GP LLC, the general partner of PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. Mr. Shackouls previously served as Kroger’s Lead Director.

Mr. Shackouls brings to the Board the critical thinking that comes with a chemical engineering background, as well as his experience leading a major natural resources company, coupled with his corporate governance expertise.

Age: 66
Director Since: 1999
Committees: Audit & Corporate Governance
Mark Stephan Sutton
Director Since 2017
Mr. Sutton is chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper, a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as president and chief operating officer with responsibility for running the company's global business. Mr. Sutton joined International Paper in 1984 as an electrical engineer. He held roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career, including mill manager, vice president of corrugated packaging operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, vice president of corporate strategic planning, and senior vice president of several business units, including global supply chain, before being named CEO in 2014. Mr. Sutton is a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the boards of the American Forest & Paper Association and the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management – Skolkovo. He also serves on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow and the New Memphis Institute.

Age: 55
Director as of: 2017
Committees: Audit and Public Responsibilities
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