Kroger COO Donnelly to retire

David Salazar
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Mike Donnelly, Kroger executive vice president and COO will be hanging up his hat at Kroger later this year. Donnelly, who has worked with the grocer for 42 years, will be retiring effective in the spring, Kroger announced Monday. 

"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. We wish Mike and his family all the best in retirement."

Donnelly began his career at Fry’s Food Stores in 1978, working his way through the ranks to district management. In 1995, he became Fry’s vice president of merchandising, then became president of the Fry’s division in 2000. He spent time as Kroger’s senior vice president of drug/GM merchandising before returning to lead the Fry’s division in 2003. He took over leadership of Kroger’s Ralph’s division in 2007 and was promoted to senior vice president of merchandising for Kroger in 2011. 

Donnelly moved into his current role in 2017, following two years as executive vice president. As COO he oversees operations, merchandising, marketing, supply chain, manufacturing and Kroger Health. 

The company said that a succession plan would be shared at a later date.