Cincinnati — David B. Dillon retired as chairman of the board on December 31, 2014, after 38 years of service.
As expected, the Kroger board of directors has elected Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chief executive officer, to the additional post of chairman beginning on January 1, 2015. McMullen has served on the board of directors since 2003.
Dillon served as Kroger's chairman from 2004 through 2014 and as chief executive officer from 2003 through 2013. Prior to that, he held a variety of executive positions at Kroger and Dillons Companies, which merged in 1983. During his tenure as CEO, Kroger grew revenue by $45 billion.
Kroger has also become a leader in supermarket sustainability under Dillon's leadership. The company has reduced energy consumption in stores by 35% since 2000 and reduced its carbon footprint by 4.4% since 2006. More than half of the company's 37 manufacturing facilities are zero waste.
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,631 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 783 convenience stores, 325 fine jewelry stores, 1,293 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. For more information, visit www.kroger.com.