Tuffin Named Kroger VP/Retail Divisions

The Kroger Co. has promoted Mark Tuffin to senior vp/retail divisions. Tuffin succeeds Michael Ellis, who will become Kroger’s president and COO on January 1, 2014. Tuffin has been president of Kroger’s Smith’s Food and Drug Stores division since 2011.

“Mark is an exceptional leader with an extensive knowledge of the grocery industry,” Ellis said in announcing the promotion. “He has made significant contributions to our company and industry, while always championing our Customer First strategy. We look forward to Mark’s leadership in this senior role as we continue to accelerate Kroger’s growth.”

Kroger operates 2,414 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.