The Kroger Houston division is elevating Teresa Dickerson, formerly corporate affairs manager for the organization's Delta (Memphis) division, to lead corporate affairs, including internal and external/reputation communications and government and community relations for the Houston division, which includes 108 stores in the Greater Houston area and Louisiana.
Dickerson joined Kroger in 2014 and has more than 20 years of experience in communications, public relations and community marketing.
"Our Houston division is in good hands with Teresa at the helm, stewarding the incredible work done every day by our associates and community partners," said Laura Gump, president of the Houston division. "Our team will benefit from her expertise, and I look forward to working alongside her to grow our efforts in the Houston and Louisiana communities."
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Prior to joining Kroger, Dickerson spent 12 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. There, she served as director of community investments, leading the team's outreach strategy and cause-marketing campaigns.
"I am excited to join the Houston division to connect with our associates, customers and communities on a deeper level while inspiring more action, doing more good and reaching more people," said Dickerson. "My goal is to continue the impactful work Kroger supports in the Houston area and beyond and propel Kroger's promise of providing fresh food for everyone."
She was recognized in 2021 as a Rising Star by Progressive Grocer as part of its "Top Women in Grocery" annual talent recognition program. This accolade recognized efforts in spearheading Kroger's pandemic relief programs and community initiatives across a five-state region, which includes Western Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky and Southern Missouri. She currently serves on the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis board of directors.
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"Dickerson has been an incredible leader at Kroger for nearly eight years," said Keith Dailey, Kroger's group vice president of corporate affairs. "She excels at building and cultivating relationships, and I am confident her knowledge and skills will enable her to offer a fresh perspective that further elevates Kroger's story in the Houston and Louisiana communities."
Dickerson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from The University of Memphis and a Master of Science degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.