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•  Kroger announced that Mike Donnelly, executive vice president and COO, is retiring from the company after more than four decades.  He started his career as a clerk at Fry's Food Stores in California in 1978.

""With his relentless focus on the customer, Mike has led the organization to prioritize what is most important to their experience – full shelves, fresh foods and friendly associates," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "He energizes our teams to deliver results and the best experience for every customer, every time. Importantly, Mike has mentored and developed countless associates, inspiring them to grow and reach their greatest potential – many of whom are in key leadership roles across the organization. His passion for people and developing world class teams will be one of his lasting legacies."


•  Skogen’s Festival Foods announced that Jeff Main has joined its senior leadership team as vice president of information technology.

Main, the company says, "has over 30 years of experience leading technology for large and small corporations, including his recent role as the head of software development for Union Pacific Railroad. Among his many noteworthy projects while at Union Pacific was the optimization of the company’s software design, development and delivery."