Kroger’s Chief Information Officer To Retire

Kroger has revealed its technology leadership succession plans after its chief information officer plans to retire.

Christopher Hjelm, executive vice president and chief information officer, will be succeeded by Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer, effective May 1, 2019. Hjelm will remain executive vice president, reporting to chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen, until his retirement on August 1, 2019.

Cosset will assume responsibility for the Kroger technology function in addition to his current Kroger digital portfolio, underscoring the strategic integration of digital and technology initiatives.

Cosset was elected group vice president and chief digital officer in January 2017. He previously served as chief commercial officer and chief information officer of 84.51°. Prior to this, he held several leadership roles at dunnhumby, including executive vice president of consumer markets, global chief information officer, and chief executive officer of KSS Retail.

“Yael and Chris have worked collaboratively to support Kroger’s technology evolution,” said McMullen. “Consistent with Kroger’s history of thoughtful succession planning, Chris and Yael have a deliberate transition plan to ensure continuity while successfully delivering on our Restock Kroger technology initiatives to redefine the grocery customer experience.”