Cincinnati — On June 21, 2017, Paul Bowen will retire from The Kroger Co., where he served as president of the Jay C and Ruler division. His successor will be named at a later date. Bowen spent 46 years with the company.
Bowen began his career with Jay C in 1971 as a produce department manager before taking a military leave of absence to serve in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976. He returned to Jay C in 1976 and advanced to hold a number of leadership positions. In 1988, Bowen was promoted to director of training and development for the division. He was instrumental in leading Jay C's merger with Kroger in 1999, spending 2 years as the transition project leader. In 2001, Bowen was named vice president of operations before being promoted to senior vice president in 2002. Bowen has held his current role since 2003, where he oversees 71 Jay C and Ruler stores operating in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.
"For more than four decades, Paul's leadership, vision and passion has helped Jay C and Ruler create customer-first shopping environments that have shaped the way we do business across our business," says Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "I salute Paul for his years of service to our associates and customers as both a leader and veteran. The entire Kroger family wishes Paul and his family all the best in retirement."
The Kroger Family of Companies has 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
SOURCE: The Kroger Co.