CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday promoted Donna Giordano to the role of president of the Ralphs division.
Giordano, 57, has been president of the company's Quality Food Centers division, based in Seattle, since 2002. She succeeds Mike Donnelly, who was recently promoted to SVP merchandising for Kroger.
"Donna is an engaging and strategic leader who has earned the respect of our associates," Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen said. "Donna's extensive experience and focus on connecting with customers has contributed to the success of QFC. She has passion and gets the job done. We are excited that she accepted this new role to lead Ralphs."
Giordano joined the company's King Soopers banner in 1972 while still in college. She was named store manager at King Soopers in 1982, and later held various director-level positions in key areas, including advertising, bakery, general merchandise, grocery and pharmacy. In 1999, Giordano was promoted to VP sales and marketing of King Soopers.
Giordano and her husband, Mario, currently reside in Seattle. They have two daughters. She will transition to Ralphs, headquartered in Los Angeles in early August.