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|Perry Promoted to Senior Vice President of Kroger|
CINCINNATI, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that M. Marnette Perry has been promoted to senior vice president, with responsibility for several retail operating divisions.
Since March, Ms. Perry served as group vice president of perishables merchandising and procurement. Prior to that, she was president of Kroger's former Columbus division, which earlier this year was consolidated with Kroger's Michigan division and renamed the Great Lakes division. She had held that position since 2000.
Ms. Perry joined Kroger in 1972 as a part-time cashier in Portsmouth, Ohio, while attending Ohio University. Ms. Perry has held a variety of management positions during her 31-year career at Kroger. In the 1980s, she helped develop Kroger's natural foods and floral programs, and later became director of produce merchandising and procurement. In that role, she coordinated the operation of Kroger's Wesco produce buying operation, one of the largest in the nation. She also served as vice president of merchandising in Kroger's Delta division, based in Memphis. In 1997, Ms. Perry was promoted to president of Kroger's Michigan division.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains. At the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2003, the Company operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,496 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 32 states under two dozen banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's, Fry's and Fry's Marketplace, Dillons, QFC and City Market. Kroger also operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 792 convenience stores, 445 fine jewelry stores, 395 supermarket fuel centers and 41 food processing plants. The Company contributed $106 million last year to local communities and non-profit organizations. For more information about Kroger, please visit our web site at www.kroger.com .
SOURCE The Kroger Co. -0- 07/15/2003 /CONTACT: Media, Gary Rhodes, +1-513-762-1304, or Investors, Kathy Kelly, +1-513-762-4969, both of The Kroger Co./ /Web site: http://www.kroger.com/ (KR) CO: Kroger Co. ST: Ohio IN: SUP REA FOD SU: PER JS-LA -- CLTU044 -- 3446 07/15/2003 16:30 EDT http://www.prnewswire.com