Kroger Announces Retirement of 46-year Veteran, President Paul Bowen

Tue. May 23rd, 2017 - by Laura Hillen

CINCINNATI, OH – Kroger is going to be making some leadership changes to the executive appointment of its subsidiaries. The company is preparing to say goodbye to its longtime Jay C and Ruler Division President, Paul Bowen. Paul has announced he will retire after 46 years of service.

Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO, Kroger

"For more than four decades, Paul's leadership, vision, and passion has helped Jay C and Ruler create customer-first shopping environments that have shaped the way we do business across our business," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger Chairman and CEO. "I salute Paul for his years of service to our associates and customers as both a leader and veteran. The entire Kroger family wishes Paul and his family all the best in retirement."

Paul will retire from his role effective June 21. According to a press release, he first began his career with the Jay C banner in 1971. His successor will be named at a later time by Kroger.

Paul first joined the Jay C banner with roots in fruits and vegetables as a produce department manager, before briefly leaving the company from 1972-1976 for military leave and service in the U.S Army. Upon returning to the company, Paul advanced to hold a number of leadership positions. He was instrumental in Jay’s merger with Kroger in 1999, and spent two years as the transition project leader.

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Paul was named Vice President of Operations at Jay C in 2001, and then quickly promoted to Senior Vice President in 2002. His current role of President has been held since 2003, where he oversaw 71 Jay C and Ruler stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Once retired, Paul and his wife, Margaret, look forward to traveling to new places, and spending time with their two grandchildren.

The AndNowUKnow team wishes Paul the best in his retirement, and will continue to report as executive appointments are announced.

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