Kroger names new president of its Columbus division


CINCINNATI —  Kroger on Tuesday announced Joe Grieshaber has been named president of Kroger's Columbus Division, replacing Bruce Macaulay, who is retiring after 42 years with Kroger.


"Joe is an accomplished leader with a diverse background and expertise in our fresh departments," said Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO. "His strong values and engagement with our associates will ensure continued growth and success in our Columbus division. We are looking forward to Joe's continued leadership."


Grieshaber, 57, began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store management trainee in Nashville, Tenn. He has served in a variety of leadership roles with Kroger, including meat merchandiser, district manager and as VP merchandising for the Columbus division. In 2003, he was named group VP perishables merchandising and procurement, where he was responsible for fresh and natural foods throughout Kroger's family of stores. He has served in his current role as president of Dillons since 2010.


Grieshaber has actively supported community organizations throughout his career. He serves on the boards of the Hutchinson Regional Health Care System, state and local Chambers of Commerce, and the local United Way. He and his wife Vickie have three grown daughters.


Grieshaber joined Ellis and the Kroger family in wishing Macaulay all the best in retirement. "Bruce's passion for our associates, customers and the community have contributed to Kroger's growth in countless ways. While his knowledge, compassion and guidance will be missed, Bruce's legacy will continue within our industry, company and the community," he said. 


Grieshaber's successor will be named at a later date, Kroger stated. 

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