Joe Grieshaber has been named president of Kroger's Dillon Food Stores division, replacing John Bays, who is retiring after 42 years with the company.
Grieshaber, 52, began his Kroger career in 1983 as a store manager trainee in Nashville, Tenn.
He has held a variety of leadership roles in the company, including vice president of merchandising, zone manager and meat merchandiser.
He has been the company's group vice president of perishables merchandising and procurement since 2003.
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"Joe's merchandising and management expertise will serve our associates and customers well," Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of Kroger, said in a release.
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