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Kroger sets succession of HR leadership

Kroger on Friday announced a succession plan for its senior leaders in human resources, appointing Timothy Massa to take over leadership functions for Katy Barclay upon Barclay’s retirement this fall.

Barclay is Kroger’s SVP of human resources. She joined Kroger in 2010 in her current position. During her time at Kroger, she has strengthened the HR function to more strongly support and connect the company's family of associates with Kroger's growing and changing business, the company said.

Before joining Kroger in 2010, Katy served as the vice president of global human resources for the General Motors Corp. During her time with GM, she led the automaker's global human resources organization with a strong focus on building the company's strategic HR capability worldwide while focusing on building a strong footprint in emerging and growth markets.

"Katy has been a champion for our associates and a driving force for innovation in our human resources function," Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "We deeply value her leadership and advice as a key member of our leadership team. We wish Katy and her family all the best."

Massa, Kroger's group VP of human resources and labor relations, will succeed Barclay in leading these functions. Massa joined Kroger in 2010 as VP of corporate human resources, talent development. In April of 2014, he was promoted to his current role, which included expanded responsibility for labor relations.

Prior to joining Kroger, he served in various human resources leadership roles for 21 years at Procter & Gamble. He has an extensive global HR generalist background in leadership development, succession planning, performance management, strategy development, employee relations and engagement.

"Tim is an exceptional human resources leader and a trusted advisor to our entire senior management team," said McMullen. "His depth of HR experience, fluency with our business and unwavering commitment to our associates make him a perfect fit for this important role."

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