David Dillon will retire as Kroger Co. chairman of the board on December 31, the company has announced. The company’s board has elected Rodney McMullen, Kroger CEO, to the additional post of chairman, a post he will assume January 1, 2015.
McMullen has served on the board since 2003.
Dillon became Kroger’s chairman in 2004. He acted as CEO from 2003 to 2013. Before that, he held a variety of executive positions at Kroger and Dillons Cos., which merged in 1983.
In addition, Kroger Co. also announced that Nora Aufreiter has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Aufreiter is director emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She had roles of increasing responsibility during her 27 years with the firm, including leading the firm’s North American retail practice and branding service line, McKinsey’s Toronto office, and the firm’s consumer digital and omnichannel service line, which she led until her retirement in June of this year. She is also a member of the board of directors of Scotiabank and Neiman Marcus Group.
Aufreiter is elected to serve on the board until Kroger’s annual meeting of shareholders in June 2015, when she will stand for election by the shareholders.