Kroger names 2 new presidents
A 44-year veteran is retiring and two other executives are being promoted.
The company announced the retirement of Atlanta Division President Bruce Lucia, who has served 44 years with Kroger, and the promotion of Tim Brown, currently Cincinnati/Dayton division President, to succeed him. Additionally, Michigan division President Scott Hays has been promoted to President of the Cincinnati/Dayton division.
According to the company, Lucia began his career with Kroger in Atlanta in 1974 as a clerk. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he served as store manager, field specialist and district management in the Atlanta division. From 1987 to 1996, he went on to hold leadership roles in our Nashville, Central, Columbus and Michigan divisions, before being named Michigan division president in 1996. A year later, he was appointed president of the Columbus division. Lucia returned to Atlanta in his current role in 2000.
Lucia is active in Atlanta-area communities. He works with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, ALS Association, Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Special Olympics of Georgia, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, MDA, Boy Scouts of America and United Way.
"In his more than 40 years with Kroger, Bruce has earned the admiration and respect of his teammates by forging real, genuine connections with associates and customers," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Bruce has been a tremendous mentor to countless associates throughout our business. He will leave a legacy of strong, hard-working teams who care about each other. We wish Bruce and his family all the best in retirement."
Tim Brown will start his new position Aug. 1 and it was not officially disclosed when Scott Hays will assume his new role in the Cincinnati/Dayton division.