Dillon, a 37-year veteran of the company who also serves as chairman of the board, plans to continue serving as chairman, according to a news release.
McMullen joined Kroger as a part-time stock clerk in 1978 and has been president and COO since 2009 and a director since 2003. He also has served as vice chairman, executive vice president of strategy, planning and finance and chief financial officer.
“As Kroger implements its strategic growth initiatives, the time is right for the transition of leadership,” Dillon said, in a news release. “I am delighted that the board has elected Rodney McMullen to succeed me. Rodney has played a leadership role in every major decision Kroger has made for the past 25 years, including development and implementation of Kroger’s Customer 1st approach as well as our current growth strategy.”
The company said McMullen’s successor will be named at a later date.