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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

W. Rodney McMullen

54 2015 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Ellis

57 2014 President, Chief Operating Officer

J. Michael Schlotman

57 2003 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Joseph Grieshaber

53 2015 President - Kroger's Columbus division

Marlene Stewart

59 2015 President - Dillons

Christopher Hjelm

53 2005 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Kathleen Barclay

59 2009 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Geoffrey Covert

63 2012 Senior Vice President - Retail Divisions

Michael Donnelly

56 2011 Senior Vice President - Merchandising

M. Marnette Perry

63 2012 Senior Vice President - Retail Operations

Alessandro Tosolini

48 2014 Senior Vice President - New Business Development

Mark Tuffin

56 2014 Senior Vice President - Retail Divisions

Christine Wheatley

44 2014 Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

M. Elizabeth Van Oflen

57 2003 Vice President, Controller

Todd Foley

45 2013 Vice President, Treasurer

Timothy Massa

48 2014 Group Vice President - Human Resources and Labor Relations

Robert Clark

49 2013 Group Vice President - Non-Perishables

Kevin Dougherty

62 2004 Group Vice President - Logistics

Lynn Marmer

62 1998 Group Vice President - Corporate Affairs

Erin Sharp

57 2013 Group Vice President - Manufacturing

Robert Beyer

55 2014 Lead Independent Director

Nora Aufreiter

55 2014 Director

Susan Kropf

66 2007 Independent Director

David Lewis

70 2002 Independent Director

Jorge Montoya

68 2007 Independent Director

Clyde Moore

61 1997 Independent Director

Susan Phillips

70 2003 Independent Director

James Runde

68 2006 Independent Director

Ronald Sargent

59 2006 Independent Director

Bobby Shackouls

64 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

W. Rodney McMullen

Mr. W. Rodney McMullen is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Kroger Company. Mr. McMullen was elected Chief Executive Officer of Kroger in January 2014 and Chairman of the Board, effective January 1, 2015. Prior to this, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer from August 2009 to December 2013. Prior to that, Mr. McMullen was elected Vice Chairman in 2003, Executive Vice President in 1999, and Senior Vice President in 1997. Mr. McMullen is a director of Cincinnati Financial Corporation. Mr. McMullen has broad experience in the supermarket business, having spent his career spanning over 35 years with Kroger. He has a strong financial background, having served as our CFO, and played a major role as architect of Kroger’s strategic plan. His service on the compensation, executive, and investment committees of Cincinnati Financial Corporation adds depth to his extensive retail experience.

Michael Ellis

Mr. Michael L. Ellis has been appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Kroger Co., effective January 01, 2014. From December 2012 to December 2013, he served as Senior Vice President and was responsible for the oversight of several of the Company’s retail divisions. Prior to this, he served as President of the Company’s Fred Meyer division since 2006. Mr. Ellis has held a number of leadership positions in the Company, including Group Vice President for grocery, drug, general merchandise, pharmacy and advertising for The Kroger Co., and Vice President, Food Group for Fred Meyer Stores. Mr. Ellis joined the Company in 1975 as a parcel clerk at Fred Meyer.

J. Michael Schlotman

Mr. J. Michael Schlotman is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Kroger Company. Mr. Schlotman was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective June 26, 2003, and Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective January 26, 2000. Prior to that he was elected Vice President and Corporate Controller in 1995, and served in various positions in corporate accounting since joining the Company in 1985.

Joseph Grieshaber

Mr. Joseph A. Grieshaber, Jr., is President - Kroger's Columbus division of the Company. He was President - Kroger's Dillon Food Stores Division of The Kroger Co. He replacing John Bays, who is retiring after 42 years with Kroger. Mr. Grieshaber began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store manager trainee in Nashville. During his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles including meat merchandiser, zone manager, and vice president of merchandising. Most recently, Mr. Grieshaber has served as Group Vice President of Perishables Merchandising and Procurement for Kroger, a position he has held since 2003. In that role, he has been responsible for fresh and natural foods throughout Kroger's family of stores. Mr. Grieshaber has actively supported community organizations during his career, including the Special Olympics.

Marlene Stewart

Ms. Marlene Stewart has been promoted to President - Dillons division of the Company. Ms. Stewart currently serves as vice president of merchandising at QFC, based in Seattle, WA. Ms. Stewart started her career with Kroger in 1977 as a bagger in the company's Cincinnati division, where she worked full-time while attending the University of Cincinnati. She went on to serve in many leadership roles in Cincinnati, including store and district management, training and merchandising. In 2005, Ms. Stewart was named director of operations for Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division before being named vice president of operations in 2007. She was named to her current role in 2011. Ms. Stewart has been involved in a variety of community organizations throughout her career, serving on the boards of local food banks, the Girl Scouts and the United Way.

Christopher Hjelm

Mr. Christopher T. Hjelm is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Kroger Company, since August 28, 2005. From February 2005 to July 2005, he was Chief Information Officer of Travel Distribution Services for Cendant Corporation. From July 2003 to November 2004, Mr. Hjelm served as Chief Technology Officer for Orbitz LLC, which was acquired by Cendant Corporation in November 2004. Mr. Hjelm served as Senior Vice President for Technology at eBay Inc. from March 2002 to June 2003, and served as Executive Vice President for Broadband Network Services for Excite@Home from June 2001 to February 2002. From January 2000 to June 2001, Mr. Hjelm served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZOHO Corporation. Prior to that, he held various key roles for 14 years with Federal Express Corporation, including that of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Kathleen Barclay

Ms. Kathleen S. Barclay is no longer Senior Vice President - Human Resources of The Kroger Co., effective September 2015. Ms. Barclay joined Kroger in 2010 in her current position. During her time at Kroger, she has strengthened the HR function to more strongly support and connect the company’s family of associates with Kroger’s growing and changing business. Before joining Kroger in 2010, Katy served as the vice president of global human resources for the General Motors Corp. During her time with GM, she led the automaker’s global human resources organization with a strong focus on building the company’s strategic HR capability worldwide while focusing on building a strong footprint in emerging and growth markets. Ms. Barclay is a member of board of directors of American Family Insurance. She serves as chair of the National Academy of Human Resources, and a board member of the Human Resource Policy Association. Ms. Barclay earned a bachelor’s degree in Business at Michigan State University and an MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Geoffrey Covert

Mr. Geoffrey J. Covert is Senior Vice President - Retail Divisions of Kroger Company. He is responsible for the oversight of several of the Company’s retail divisions, since October 24, 2012. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President of Retail Operations from January 2011 to October 2012. Prior to that, he was President of the Company’s Cincinnati division from December 2004 to December 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Covert served as Senior Vice President from April 1999 to December 2004, and as Group Vice President and President of Kroger Manufacturing from April 1998 to April 1999. He joined the Company in March 1996 as Vice President, Grocery Products Group. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Covert worked for 23 years in a number of management positions with Procter & Gamble.

Michael Donnelly

Mr. Michael J. Donnelly is Senior Vice President - Merchandising of Kroger Company, since July 01, 2011. Prior to his election, Mr. Donnelly held a variety of key management positions with the Company, including President of Ralphs Grocery Company, President of Fry’s Food Stores, and Senior Vice President, Drug/GM Merchandising and Procurement. Mr. Donnelly joined the Company in 1978 as a clerk.

M. Marnette Perry

Ms. M. Marnette Perry has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Retail Operations of Kroger Company, since October 24, 2012. Prior to this, she was elected Senior Vice President overseeing several of the Company’s retail divisions effective July 2003 to October 2012. Prior to that she was elected Group Vice President of Perishables Merchandising and Procurement on March 3, 2003. Prior to this she held a variety of significant positions with the Company, including President of the Company’s Michigan division, and President of the Company’s Columbus division. Ms. Perry joined the Company in 1972.

Alessandro Tosolini

Mr. Alessandro Tosolini is Senior Vice President - New Business Development of the Company, since December 11, 2014. Before joining the Company, he held numerous leadership positions with Procter & Gamble for 24 years, in the U.S. and internationally, most recently serving as senior vice president of Global e Business and vice president of Global eCommerce. He has held numerous leadership positions for P&G throughout his career, in the U.S. and internationally, and has managed the development of innovative products and services in many lines of business. Mr. Tosolini earned a degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan before beginning his career with P&G in the United Kingdom in 1990.

Mark Tuffin

Mr. Mark C. Tuffin has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Retail Divisions of The Kroger Co., January 17, 2014. He is responsible for the oversight of several of the Company’s retail divisions. Prior to this, he served as President of the Company’s Smith’s division from July 2011 to January 2014. From September 2009 to July 2011, Mr. Tuffin served as Vice President of Transition, where he was responsible for implementing an organizational restructuring initiative for the Company’s retail divisions. He joined the Company’s Smith’s division in 1996 and served in a series of leadership roles, including Vice President of Merchandising from September 1999 to September 2009. Mr. Tuffin held various positions with other supermarket retailers before joining Smith’s in 1996.

Christine Wheatley

Ms. Christine Strick Wheatley is Group Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company, since May 23, 2014. She joined the Company in February 2008 as Corporate Counsel, and became Senior Attorney in 2010, Senior Counsel in 2011, and Vice President in 2012. Before joining Kroger, Ms. Wheatley was engaged in the private practice of law for 11 years, most recently as a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in Cincinnati.

M. Elizabeth Van Oflen

Ms. M. Elizabeth Van Oflen is Vice President, Controller of Kroger Company, since April 11, 2003. Prior to her election, she held various positions in the Company’s Finance and Tax Departments. Ms. Van Oflen joined the Company in 1982.

Todd Foley

Mr. Todd A. Foley has been appointed as Vice President, Treasurer of Kroger Company, effective June 27, 2013. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Corporate Controller from March 2006 to June 2013. Prior to that, he served as Controller of the Company’s Cincinnati/Dayton division from October 2003 to March 2006. Mr. Foley began his career with Kroger in 2001 as an audit manager in the Internal Audit Department after working for PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1991 to 2001, where most recently he was a senior audit manager.

Timothy Massa

Mr. Timothy A. Massa has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Human Resources of the Company., effective September 2015. He was Group Vice President - Human Resources and Labor Relations of The Kroger Co. Mr. Massa joined Kroger in 2010 in his current role as vice president. Prior to joining the company, he served in various human resources leadership roles for 21 years at Procter & Gamble. He has an extensive global HR generalist background in leadership development, succession planning, performance management, strategy development, employee relations and engagement. Mr. Massa earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Dayton. He is a member of the College of Mt. St. Joseph board of trustees, the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank board of trustees, and the University of Dayton Champions and Scholars Program. He also received a Future HR Leaders accreditation from Cornell University.

Robert Clark

Mr. Robert W. Clark is Group Vice President - Non-Perishables of Kroger Company, since March 14, 2013. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Merchandising for the Company’s Fred Meyer division from October 2011 to March 2013. From August 2010 to October 2011 he served as Vice President of Operations for the Company’s Columbus division. Prior to that, from May 2002 to August 2010, he served as Vice President of Merchandising for the Company’s Fry’s division. From 1985 to 2002, Mr. Clark held various leadership positions in store and district management, as well as grocery merchandising. Mr. Clark began his career with the Company in 1985 as a courtesy clerk at Fry’s.

Kevin Dougherty

Mr. Kevin M. Dougherty is Group Vice President - Logistics of Kroger Company, since May 6, 2004. Mr. Dougherty is responsible for leading the Company’s Digital Strategy, focused on building Kroger’s presence in the marketplace in digital channels, personalization and e-commerce. Prior to this, he was responsible for the oversight of Company logistics and supply chain management. Mr. Dougherty joined Kroger as Vice President, Supply Chain Operations in 2001. Before joining the Company, he maintained an independent consulting practice focusing on logistics and operational performance, and held leadership roles in the warehouse automation and healthcare industries.

Lynn Marmer

Ms. Lynn Marmer is Group Vice President - Corporate Affairs of Kroger Company, since January 19, 1998. Prior to her election, Ms. Marmer was an attorney in the Company’s Law Department. Ms. Marmer joined the Company in 1997. Before joining the Company she was a partner in the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl.

Erin Sharp

Ms. Erin S. Sharp is Group Vice President - Manufacturing of Kroger Co. Ms. Sharp was promoted to Group Vice President of Manufacturing effective June 27, 2013. She joined the Company in 2011 as Vice President of Operations for the Company’s Manufacturing division. Before joining the Company, Ms. Sharp served as Vice President of Manufacturing for the Sara Lee Corporation. In that role, she led the manufacturing and logistics operations for the central region of their U.S. Fresh Bakery Division. Ms. Sharp has over 25 years of experience supporting food manufacturing operations.

Robert Beyer

Mr. Robert D. Beyer is Lead Independent Director of Kroger Co. Mr. Beyer is Chairman of Chaparal Investments LLC, a private investment firm and holding company that he founded in 2009. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Beyer is Chairman of Chaparal Investments LLC, a private investment firm and holding company that he founded in 2009. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Beyer served as Chief Executive Officer of The TCW Group, Inc., a global investment management firm. From 2000 to 2005, he served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Trust Company of the West, the principal operating subsidiary of TCW. Mr. Beyer is a member of the Board of Directors of The Allstate Corporation and Leucadia National Corporation. He is chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, a member of the Financial Policy Committee, and our Lead Director. Mr. Beyer brings to Kroger his experience as CEO of TCW, a global investment management firm serving many of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. He has exceptional insight into Kroger’s financial strategy, and his experience qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board. While at TCW, he also conceived and developed the firm’s risk management infrastructure, an experience that is useful to Kroger’s Board in performing its risk management oversight functions. His abilities and service as a director were recognized by his peers, who selected Mr. Beyer as an Outstanding Director in 2008 as part of the Outstanding Directors Program of the Financial Times. His strong insights into corporate governance form the foundation of his leadership role as Lead Director on the Board.

Nora Aufreiter

Nora A. Aufreiter is Director of Company. Ms. Aufreiter is Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She retired in June 2014 after more than 30 years as a director and senior partner. During this time, she worked extensively in the U.S., Canada, and internationally with major retailers, financial institutions and other consumer facing companies. Before joining McKinsey, Ms. Aufreiter spent three years in financial services working in corporate finance and investment banking. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Bank of Nova Scotia and Nieman Marcus Group. Ms. Aufreiter also serves on the boards of St. Michael’s Hospital and the Canadian Opera Company, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Ivey Business School in Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Financial Policy Committee and the Public Responsibilities Committee. Ms. Aufreiter has over 30 years of broad business experience in a variety of retail sectors. She brings to Kroger’s Board her expertise gained while earning her MBA from the Harvard Business School. Her vast experience in leading McKinsey’s North American Retail Practice, North American Branding service line and the Consumer Digital and Omnichannel service line is of particular value to the Board.

Susan Kropf

Ms. Susan J. Kropf is Independent Director of Kroger Co. Ms. Kropf was President and Chief Operating Officer of Avon Products Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of beauty care products, from 2001 until her retirement in January 2007. She joined Avon in 1970. Prior to her most recent assignment, Ms. Kropf had been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Avon North America and Global Business Operations from 1998 to 2000. From 1997 to 1998 she was President, Avon U.S. Ms. Kropf was a member of Avon’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Coach, Inc., MeadWestvaco Corporation, and Sherwin Williams Company. She is a member of the Audit and Financial Policy Committees. Ms. Kropf has gained a unique consumer insight, having led a major beauty care company. She has extensive experience in manufacturing, marketing, supply chain operations, customer service, and product development, all of which assist her in her role as a member of Kroger’s Board. Ms. Kropf has a strong financial background, and has served on compensation, audit, and corporate governance committees of other boards. She was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.

David Lewis

Mr. David B. Lewis is Independent Director of Kroger Co. Mr. Lewis is Of Counsel to and a former shareholder and director of Lewis & Munday, a Detroit based law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City. He is a director of H&R Block, Inc. and STERIS Corporation. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Corporate Governance and Financial Policy Committees. In addition to his background as a practicing attorney and expertise in bond financing, Mr. Lewis brings to Kroger’s Board his financial expertise gained while earning his MBA in Finance as well as his service and leadership on Kroger’s audit committee and the board committees of other publicly traded companies. Mr. Lewis has served on the Board of Directors of Conrail, Inc., LG&E Energy Corp., M.A. Hanna, TRW, Inc., and Comerica, Inc. He is a former chairman of the National Association of Securities Professionals.

Jorge Montoya

Mr. Jorge P. Montoya is Independent Director of Kroger Co.Mr. Montoya was President of The Procter & Gamble Company’s Global Snacks & Beverage division, and President of Procter & Gamble Latin America, from 1999 until his retirement in 2004. Prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President of Procter & Gamble, a provider of branded consumer packaged goods, from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Montoya is a director of The Gap, Inc. He is chair of the Public Responsibilities Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Montoya brings to Kroger’s Board over 30 years of leadership experience at a premier consumer products company. He has a deep knowledge of the Hispanic market, as well as consumer products and retail operations. Mr. Montoya has vast experience in marketing and general management, including international business. He was named among the 50 most important Hispanics in Business & Technology, in Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.

Clyde Moore

Mr. Clyde R. Moore is Independent Director of Kroger Co. Mr. Moore is the Chairman of First Service Networks, a national provider of facility and maintenance repair services. Prior to that he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Service Networks from 2000 to 2014. Mr. Moore is chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Moore has over 30 years of general management experience in public and private companies. He has sound experience as a corporate leader overseeing all aspects of a facilities management firm and a manufacturing concern. Mr. Moore’s expertise broadens the scope of the Board’s experience to provide oversight to Kroger’s facilities and manufacturing businesses.

Susan Phillips

Dr. Susan M. Phillips Ph.D. is Independent Director of Kroger Co. Dr. Phillips is Professor Emeritus of Finance at The George Washington University School of Business. She joined that university as a Professor and Dean in 1998. She retired as Dean of the School of Business in 2010 and as Professor the following year. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from December 1991 through June 1998. Before her Federal Reserve appointment, Dr. Phillips served as Vice President for Finance and University Services and Professor of Finance in The College of Business Administration at the University of Iowa from 1987 through 1991. She is a director of CBOE Holdings, Inc., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Life Insurance Company, State Farm Companies Foundation, National Futures Association, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Agnes Scott College. Dr. Phillips also was a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation until the end of 2010. She is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Dr. Phillips is Professor Emeritus of Finance at The George Washington University School of Business. She joined that university as a Professor and Dean in 1998. She retired as Dean of the School of Business in 2010 and as Professor the following year. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from December 1991 through June 1998. Before her Federal Reserve appointment, Dr. Phillips served as Vice President for Finance and University Services and Professor of Finance in The College of Business Administration at the University of Iowa from 1987 through 1991. She is a director of CBOE Holdings, Inc., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Life Insurance Company, State Farm Companies Foundation, National Futures Association, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Agnes Scott College. Dr. Phillips also was a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation until the end of 2010.

James Runde

Mr. James A. Runde is Independent Director of Kroger Co., since September 1, 2006.Mr. Runde is a special advisor and a former Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley, a financial services provider, where he has been employed since 1974. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Burlington Resources Inc. prior to its acquisition by ConocoPhillips in 2006. Mr. Runde serves as a Trustee Emeritus of Marquette University and the Pierpont Morgan Library. He is a member of the Compensation Committee and chair of the Financial Policy Committee. Mr. Runde brings to Kroger’s Board a strong financial background, having led a major financial services provider. He has served on the compensation committee of a major corporation.

Ronald Sargent

Mr. Ronald L. Sargent is Independent Director of Kroger Co. Mr. Sargent is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc., a consumer products retailer, where he has been employed since 1989. Prior to joining Staples, Mr. Sargent spent 10 years with Kroger in various positions. In addition to serving as a director of Staples, Mr. Sargent is a director of Five Below, Inc. During the past five years, he was a director of Mattel, Inc. and The Home Depot, Inc. Mr. Sargent is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Public Responsibilities Committee. Mr. Sargent has over 35 years of retail experience, first with Kroger and then with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership at Staples, Inc. His efforts helped carve out a new market niche for the international retailer that he leads. His understanding of retail operations and consumer insights are of particular value to the Board. Mr. Sargent has been designated an Audit Committee financial expert.

Bobby Shackouls

Mr. Bobby S. Shackouls is Independent Director of Kroger Co. Until the merger of Burlington Resources Inc. and ConocoPhillips, which became effective in 2006, Mr. Shackouls was Chairman of the Board of Burlington Resources Inc., a natural resources business, since July 1997 and its President and Chief Executive Officer since December 1995. He had been a director of that company since 1995 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Company (formerly known as Meridian Oil Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Burlington Resources, since 1994. Mr. Shackouls is a director of Plains GP Holdings, L.P. and Oasis Petroleum Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Shackouls was a director of ConocoPhillips and PNGS GP LLC, the general partner of PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. Mr. Shackouls is a member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Shackouls previously served as Kroger’s Lead Director. Mr. Shackouls brings to the Board the critical thinking that comes with a chemical engineering background, as well as his experience leading a major natural resources company, coupled with his corporate governance expertise.
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