Kroger’s Heldman Retires, Wheatley Steps In

The Kroger Co. has announced that Paul Heldman, a 31-year Kroger veteran who has been serving as the company’s general counsel since 1989, secretary since 1992, and executive vp since 2006, will retire in the spring of 2014. At that time, Christine Wheatley, Kroger’s vice president, senior counsel and assistant secretary, will assume the role of secretary and general counsel, the company stated.

Heldman was a leader on the team that facilitated Kroger’s merger with Fred Meyer, Inc. in 1999, the retailer noted.

“Paul’s contributions to our company during his 31-year career are quite remarkable,” said David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “He has been a trusted advisor and exceptional leader, providing outstanding guidance for our leadership team when we needed it most. We wish Paul, his wife Debbie and their family all the best.”

Wheatley joined Kroger in 2008 as corporate counsel, became senior counsel in 2011 and vice president in 2012.

“Christine has been instrumental in leading Kroger’s business law group as well as the company’s legal affairs,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and COO. “Her passion and dedication to our company is evident in all that she does, and she will be a great asset to our senior leadership team.”