Grocery Industry Icons & Innovators
Chairman & CEO
The Kroger Co.
Rodney is Chairman and CEO of The Kroger Co., which employs nearly half a million associates who serve America through food inspiration and uplift. More than 11 million customers shop Kroger every day through a seamless digital shopping experience and in 2,800 grocery retail stores under more than a dozen banner names.
Rodney joined Kroger in 1978 as a part-time stock clerk in Lexington, KY. During his career with Kroger, he has served in numerous leadership positions, including assistant treasurer, vice president of Planning and Capital Management, corporate controller, chief financial officer, senior vice president, executive vice president and vice chairman. He was elected to Kroger’s board of directors in 2003, to president and chief operating officer in 2009, and to his current position in 2014. Rodney was named Chairman of the Board in 2015.
Rodney is a member of the Board of Directors of VF Corporation, Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), Cincinnati Business Committee and Consumer Goods Forum. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Xavier University and on the Dean’s Advisory Council of University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics.
Rodney earned bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Finance, and an MBA with an Accounting concentration, all from the University of Kentucky.
Rodney and his wife, Kathy, live in Cincinnati and enjoy traveling and hiking.