Nuss, VP of Marketing for Kroger C-Stores, to Retire in July

Follows announced retirement of CEO Dillon, promotion of Ellis to president, COO

Kroger Ken Nuss

Ken Nuss

CINCINNATI -- Ken Nuss, vice president of marketing for Kroger C-Stores, will retire from the company on July 31, 2014, The Kroger Co. has announced. His replacement will be named at a later date.

Nuss began his career with Kwik Shop in 1985 as an area supervisor, and has held various positions within the banner, including district advisor, division manager and category manager. In 2000, he was promoted to vice president of marketing for Kwik Shop. He also served as vice president of operations during his time with the banner.

Kroger named him director of marketing for the Kroger corporate convenience store team in 2002 and promoted him to his current position in 2008.

"With more than 28 years of convenience store experience in operations and marketing, Ken has been an invaluable asset to the Kroger C-Stores, and he will be sorely missed," said Van Tarver, vice president of the Kroger C-Stores and the Supermarket Petroleum Group. "We thank him for everything he's done for the company and wish him well in retirement."

In September, Kroger announced its board's long-term CEO succession plan. David B. Dillon, 62, Kroger's chairman and CEO, will retire as CEO on Jan. 1 and will continue to serve as chairman through Dec. 31, 2014. W. Rodney McMullen, 53, Kroger's president and COO, will become CEO on Jan. 1.

And in October, Kroger announced that Michael L. Ellis, 55, will be named president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September. Ellis has been serving in his current role as senior vice president of retail divisions since 2012, where he leads five retail supermarket divisions, plus Kroger's jewelry and c-store businesses.

Cincinnati-based Kroger is the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer, with more than 2,400 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two-dozen local banners, including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.

The company currently operates more than 1,200 supermarket fuel centers and nearly 800 convenience stores in 19 states: Pueblo, Colo.-based Loaf ‘N Jug in Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming; Lancaster, Pa.-based Turkey Hill Minit Markets in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania; Crestview, Fla.-based Tom Thumb Food Stores in Florida and Alabama; Hutchinson, Kansas-based Kwik Shop in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Mississippi; and Fremont, Calif.-based Quik Stop Markets in California and Nevada.