Kroger COO Ellis Retires

Mike Ellis, president and COO of The Kroger Co., has retired after 40 years service at its headquarters and in the company’s divisions, the retailer has reported. The company said it will name a successor to Ellis at a later date.

Ellis joined the then-independent Fred Meyer supercenter chain in 1975 as a parcel clerk at age 16. He proceeded to serve in a series of operations and merchandising leadership positions in stores and division management, and as a corporate officer. He was vp of Fred Meyer’s food group before joining Kroger as a senior officer in 2004. He returned to lead Fred Meyer as president in 2006. He was promoted to svp/retail divisions in 2012, leading five operating segments, as well as Kroger’s jewelry and convenience store businesses. He became president and COO in January 2014.

“We’re very grateful to Mike for his contributions over the past 40 years, and we wish him all the best in retirement,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We have long taken a team approach to leadership, and, together, our highly-experienced team of operators and merchandisers is focused on delivering on our aggressive growth goals.”