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Kroger Houston division president Bill Breetz to retire

Bill BreetzThe Kroger Co., a retailer, announced the retirement of Houston division president Bill Breetz, effective August 26, 2016.

Bill Breetz will retire from the company after 44 years of service. Mr. Breetz began his Kroger career in 1972 as a bagger in Louisville, Ky.

After earning a degree at the University of Louisville in 1977, he joined the management training program and was named a co-manager in Cincinnati.

He served in several leadership positions through the years, including store and district management and vice president of merchandising for the company's Cincinnati/Dayton division.

In 2000, Mr. Breetz was promoted to executive vice president of Kroger's Southwest division with responsibility for Operations in Dallas. In 2001, he assumed responsibility for operations in Houston as well. He was named president of the Southwest Division in 2002, and president of the Houston Division in 2015.

Marlene Stewart, currently president of the Dillons division, succeeds Mr. Breetz as president of the Houston Division, effective August 28, 2016.

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 vice president of merchandising in the company's QFC division in 2011. She was named to her current role in 2015.

Colleen Juergensen, currently vice president of merchandising at the Smith's division, succeeds Ms. Stewart as president of the Dillons division, effective August 28, 2016.

Ms. Juergensen began her Kroger career with the Dillons division in 1981. She served in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility including store manager, zone manager, and director of advertising.

In 2008, Ms. Juergensen was promoted to Dillons vice president of operations. She was named vice president of operations of Smith's in 2012, and to her current role in 2015.

Pam Matthews, currently vice president of operations for the Delta division, has been promoted to president of the QFC Division, effective August 1, 2016.

Ms. Matthews began her career with the company's Fred Meyer division, based in Portland, Ore, in 1980. Throughout her 25-year career with Fred Meyer, she held a variety of leadership roles in store management, Corporate Brand development, and merchandising.

Ms. Matthews also served as director of deli/bakery merchandising and director of floral merchandising and procurement at Kroger's general offices in Cincinnati before being promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Central division in 2006.

She was named vice president of merchandising for the Delta Division in 2014 and to her current role in 2015.

She replaces Dennis Gibson, who was recently named president of the King Soopers/City Market Division.


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