Eyeing growth opportunity, Kroger creates and staffs two new divisions in Tennessee and Kentucky

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Friday announced it has named Rick Going president of the company's new Nashville division, Calvin Kaufman president of the new Louisville division, Jayne Homco president of the Michigan division and Erin Sharp group VP of Kroger manufacturing. 

"Opportunities for growth in Tennessee, northern Alabama, Kentucky, and Southern Illinois and Indiana inspired us to take this path," noted Rodney McMullen, Kroger president and COO, referencing the grocer's move to create two new divisions. "We believe this move will enable our associates to do what they do best — meet the needs of our local customers and neighbors, our communities and each other." 

The Nashville division will include more than 11,800 associates working in 63 stores in the Nashville area and 28 stores in the Knoxville, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala., markets. The Louisville division will include nearly 15,000 associates working in 98 Kroger stores in Kentucky, southern Illinois and southern Indiana. 

Going will transfer to the new Nashville division from his president role over the Michigan division. Going joined the company in 1981 and has held a number of leadership positions at the store, district and division levels before advancing to his current position in 2007.  

Kaufman was Kroger's group VP Kroger manufacturing prior to assuming the role of president for the new Louisville division. Kaufman joined Kroger in 1994 and has served as Kroger's senior director of logistics before he was named to his current role in 2007.

Homco, currently VP merchandising for Kroger's Southwest Division, was promoted to president of the Michigan Division. Homco joined Kroger in 1978. She was promoted to VP merchandising for the company's QFC division in 2004 and took on her current role in 2007.

And Sharp, currently VP operations for Kroger manufacturing, was likewise promoted to her new role as group VP Kroger manufacturing. Sharp joined Kroger in 2011 in her current role. Previously, she served as VP manufacturing for Sara Lee.

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