Kroger Names Hostetler Nashville Division President

Kroger has appointed Sonya Hostetler president of its Nashville division, effective August 1. She succeeds Zane Day, who previously announced his plans to retire from the company after nearly 45 years of service.

“We’re pleased to welcome Sonya to the Kroger family of companies,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s evp/COO. “Sonya is a well-respected leader in the retail industry who’s innovative and strategic. She will help us to continue to redefine the grocery customer experience and develop talent, accelerating our Restock Kroger vision in the Nashville market.”

Hostetler spent the previous 30 years with Walmart, where she began as an hourly associate and went on to hold key leadership positions in retail, asset protection, human resources and operations. Most recently, Hostetler served as vp/regional general manager based in Dallas. She has also served in the positions of corporate vp/asset protection and safety; vp/regional general manager based in Bentonville, Arkansas; senior director, divisional loss prevention; senior people director, health and wellness human resources; and store manager.

Kroger’s Nashville division includes 91 stores across Middle and East Tennessee, North Alabama and Southern Kentucky.