Kroger said Tuesday that Marlene Stewart has been promoted to president of the company's Dillons division. She replaces Joe Grieshaber, who was recently named president of Kroger's Columbus division.
Stewart, 59, currently serves as VP of merchandising at QFC, based in Seattle.
"Marlene combines a passion for people and proven merchandising and operations leadership," Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO, aid in a statement. "We look forward to Marlene bringing her knowledge of our customers and business, and commitment to our associates, to the Dillons team."
Stewart started her career with Kroger in 1977 as a bagger in the company's Cincinnati division, where she worked full-time while attending the University of Cincinnati. She went on to serve in many leadership roles in Cincinnati, including store and district management, training and merchandising. In 2005, Stewart was named director of operations for Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division before being named VP of operations in 2007. She was named to her current role in 2011.
Stewart has been involved in a variety of community organizations throughout her career, serving on the boards of local food banks, the Girl Scouts and the United Way.
Dillons, based in Hutchinson, Kan., operates 88 stores.
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