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The Kroger Co. has announced the retirement of Nashville division President Rick Going, and the promotion of Zane Day to succeed him. Mr. Day currently serves as vice president of operations in the Company's Smith's division.
Kroger today also announced the promotion of Katie Wolfram to serve as president of Kroger's Central division. Ms. Wolfram currently serves as vice president of merchandising in the Central division. She succeeds Jeff Burt, who was recently named president of the Company's Fred Meyer division.
Rick Going will retire from the Company after 35 years of service, effective February 27.
Mr. Going joined Kroger in 1981 as a management trainee in the Cincinnati/Dayton Division. He advanced to serve in many leadership roles in our stores, districts, operations and merchandising teams. He was promoted to vice president of operations for the Cincinnati/Dayton division in 1999, and then vice president of merchandising in the same division in 2002. In 2007, Mr. Going was promoted to president of the new Michigan division, which was created when the former Great Lakes division split into what are now the Columbus and Michigan divisions. He was named to his current role in Nashville in 2013, when the former Mid-South Division split to form the Nashville and Louisville divisions.
Kroger promoted Zane Day to serve as president of the Company's Nashville division.
Mr. Day began his career with Smith's on the night crew in Ogden, Utah, in 1974. He went on to serve in various leadership roles, including store manager and director of merchandising. In 1998, Mr. Day was named director of procurement at Fred Meyer's Tolleson Distribution Centre. In 2000, he was named director of deli for the Fry's division, before moving to a similar role in the Smith's division in 2003. At Smith's, Mr. Day was promoted to district manager and vice president of merchandising before being named to his current role, vice president of operations, in 2015.
Kroger promoted Katie Wolfram to serve as president of the Company's Central division.
Kroger's Central division is based in Indianapolis and operates stores in Indiana, Illinois and Eastern Missouri.
Ms. Wolfram began her career with Kroger in 1979 as an assistant store manager in the Cincinnati/Dayton division. She later served as manager of merchandising systems development and manager of consumer research at Kroger's general office. Ms. Wolfram also served in several leadership positions in Kroger Manufacturing, including senior marketing manager and director of sales & marketing. In 2003, she was promoted to vice president of sales & operations for Kroger Manufacturing. In 2005, she moved to Denver to join the King Soopers division as vice president of merchandising. She was named to her current role, vice president of merchandising in the Central division, in 2014.