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Kroger promotes Giordano to lead Ralphs

Wednesday, September 14, 2011  
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Network of Executive Women title sponsor The Kroger Co. has named Donna Giordano president of its Ralphs division.

Giordano has been president of the company's Quality Food Centers division, based in Seattle, since 2002. She succeeds Mike Donnelly, who was recently promoted to senior vice president of merchandising for Kroger.

"Donna is an engaging and strategic leader who has earned the respect of our associates,” said Rodney McMullen, president and CEO of Kroger. "Donna's extensive experience and focus on connecting with customers has contributed to the success of QFC. She has passion and gets the job done. We are excited that she accepted this new role to lead Ralphs.”

Giordano joined the company's King Soopers banner in 1972 while still in college. She was named store manager at King Soopers in 1982, and later held various director-level positions in key areas, including advertising, bakery, general merchandise, grocery and pharmacy. In 1999, she was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing of King Soopers. She was promoted to president of QFC in 2002.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to connect with Ralphs customers and associates,” Giordano said. "And I would like to thank the QFC team for their support and dedication to our customers in the Northwest. I look forward to working with our great Southern California team to deliver value and a superior shopping experience to our customers while creating more opportunities for associates.”

Kroger is the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer, employing more than 338,000 associates who serve customers in 2,449 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners. Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 256 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles.

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