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Kroger: Donna Giordano to retire, Valerie Jabbar successor

KrogerThe Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Ralphs division president Donna Giordano, and the promotion of Valerie Jabbar to succeed her.
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Ms. Giordano will retire from the company after 44 years of service, effective July 23, 2016.

Ms. Giordano joined the company's King Soopers banner as a courtesy clerk in 1972, while still in college. She was named store manager at King Soopers in 1982, and later held various director-level positions in key areas, including advertising, bakery, general merchandise, grocery, and pharmacy.

In 1999, Ms. Giordano was promoted to vice president of sales & marketing of King Soopers. She was promoted to president of QFC in 2002 before being named to her current role in 2011.

Ms. Jabbar currently serves as vice president of merchandising for Ralphs. Ms. Jabbar began her career with the company in 1987 as a clerk in the Fry's division. She held numerous leadership roles at Fry's, including assistant store director, category manager, and drug and general merchandise coordinator.

From 2002 – 2010, she served in a variety of drug and general merchandising leadership roles at Kroger's general office in Cincinnati and in the Fry's division.

She was named Fry's district manager in 2010, and was promoted to serve as vice president of merchandising to the Mid-Atlantic division in 2012. Ms. Jabbar was promoted to her current role in the Ralphs division in 2013.



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