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Kroger's Wolfram to retire as division president

Kroger Co. said Oct. 17 that Katie Wolfram, who oversees part of the grocer's operations in Indiana and Illinois as its central division president, will retire from the company Nov. 4.

Pam Matthews, who heads the company's Quality Food Centers banner in Washington state, will succeed her. Meanwhile, Suzy Monford, former CEO of California-based Andronico's Community Markets, will replace Matthews.

Wolfram has worked at Kroger since 1979, when she became an assistant store manager in the company's Cincinnati-Dayton division. Since then, she has held positions in different parts of the company, including in Kroger's Cincinnati headquarters, its manufacturing division and at the company's King Soopers banner in Denver.

Wolfram became president of the central division in 2016.

Kroger has expanded its footprint in central Indiana, part of Wolfram's mandate, over the last two years, building five new Marketplace stores and 12 new gas stations. The grocer has also remodeled or added 14 stores and built a training center in the region. In total, the company said it has spent $329 million in the area, where it has created about 1,400 jobs.The leadership changes come as Kroger implements a plan, called the "Restock Kroger Plan," to improve its results.

The leadership changes come as Kroger implements the "Restock Kroger Plan" to improve its results.