Kroger Promotes Smith To Delta Division President

Kroger’s Delta Division president Scot Hendricks is retiring and the company has promoted Victor Smith, vp/merchandising for the Ralph’s division, to succeed him.

Hendricks will retire effective February 2, 2019, after 38 years of service, including leading the Kroger Delta division, which operates 101 stores across West Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri.

Smith joined Kroger in 1983. In 2015, Kroger appointed him vp/operations in the Houston division and in 2016 he returned to Ralph’s as vp/merchandising. The Ralph’s division operates 191 stores throughout Southern California.

“Victor has been a valuable leader for this company, no matter his role, since he started with us 35 years ago,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger evp and COO. “He brings a level of operational excellence that will only strengthen the work Scot has done in the Delta division and will help us continue to deliver on Restock Kroger, our plan to create shareholder value by serving America through food inspiration and uplift.”