CINCINNATI, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced Kate Ward has been promoted to director of investor relations.
Ms. Ward joined Kroger in 2001 as an auditor. In 2005, she moved to capital management, where she has served in several leadership roles, including her current role as manager of finance.
"Kate has been a valuable member of our capital management team for the last 10 years," said Mike Schlotman, Kroger's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "We are very pleased she will bring her experience to working with our investors and analysts."
Ms. Ward succeeds Cindy Holmes, who was promoted to senior director of pension investments. Ms. Holmes began her Kroger career in 1990 as a systems analyst in Kroger Technology.
"We thank Cindy for her accomplished service in investor relations, and look forward to her contributions on our pension investments team," Mr. Schlotman said.
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,623 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 781 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,350 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.
SOURCE The Kroger Co.