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COVER FEATURE

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Katie Taylor

Division Talent
and Development
Manager,
The Kroger Co./
Fred Meyer

Division Produce
Manager,
The Kroger Co./
Fry's

Taylor covers
four states, supporting talent
initiatives and leading division
hiring/retention, diversity and
performance management goals
for about 39,000 associates.

A 25-year Fry's
employee, Whelan most recently
took on the role of overseeing a
sales territory of 122 stores, one
of many leadership positions
she's held.

She took on that role in July
2017; since then, she has
reduced the projected turnover
rate and saved the company an
estimated $1.2 million.

In her short time in produce/floral, she's spurred her
department to exceed goals,
achieving $8.3 million in citrus
sales for the fourth quarter; she
also championed the company's
Charmelia floral selling contest,
leading her division to the top of
the company.

Earlier this year, Taylor was
asked to join the company's
9-Block Advisory Board, working
to develop and roll out initiatives
for talent calibration; she also
takes part in the Gold Star Club
and the Gold Star Family Holiday
program, both of which offer
assistance to associates affected
by financial setbacks.

Rebekah Manis

Director of Investor
Relations,
The Kroger Co./
General Office

Just promoted
to a new role,
Manis formerly developed
strategic planning initiatives
and coordinated sales planning efforts across all of the
supermarket division, with
budget oversight over $90
billion of retail sales and $26
billion of related gross profits.
She developed merchandising efforts associated with the
company's Restock Kroger
strategy refresh in 2017, and
also worked with cross-functional teams to improve reporting and processes.
Manis is junior board member
for the Children's Home of
Northern Kentucky and treasurer for the Kroger United Way
Campaign.

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Janine Whelan

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Whelan recently finished
her sixth term of the board of
directors for Chrysalis, a shelter
for domestic violence, and is
actively involved in Fry's volunteer
activities.

Alicia Pitocco
Collaborative
Category
Optimization
Manager,
The Kroger Co./
General Office

Delivering a budget of $95
million in strategy savings and
category margin improvements,
Pitocco helps improve category
profitability.
After a company reorganization, her team doubled to 20
direct reports and she became a
key point of contact for multiple
merchandising leaders; in 2017,
she took on several high-priority
projects, all while working on a
CCO process redesign.
In fewer than four years,
Pitocco has had four level
advancements at Kroger, and
gives back outside of work
with organizations like Habitat
for Humanity and her family-founded charitable group.

Rachel Browne
Business Owner,
Deli/Bakery,
The Kroger Co./
General Office

Browne partnered with division teams to
create and roll out new solutions
in test stores, many based on
associate feedback.
She and a team created a new
training curriculum across 10
store divisions, resulting in increased performance indicators
for deli/bakery; she designed
operational best practices for the
launch of Kroger's Prep+Pared
meal kits and was instrumental
in the operational design of the
retailer's first restaurant, which
opened in 2017.
Active in Kroger's Women's
EDGE associate resource group,
Browne is working on a black
belt in Six Sigma's business
management strategy program.

Dana Thomas

Category Manager,
Cosmetics and
Nail Care,
The Kroger Co./
General Office

Thomas decides
the full assortment of cosmetics
and develops accompanying
promotional strategies in all
2,700 Kroger stores.
She grew sales across several
categories last year while driving
cost savings in hair care by collaborating with supplier partners;
Thomas and her team identified
three key strategies to deliver
right assortment, pricing and
shopping experience in beauty.
Thomas completed the
YWCA Rising Star Leadership
Program in 2017, recently went
on a mission trip to South
Africa and is an active member
of the women's associate
resource group's professional
development team at Kroger.

RISING STARS

Anne DiFilippo

Senior Digital
Marketing Manager,
Corporate Digital
Marketing,
The Kroger Co./
General Office

DiFilippo develops marketing
strategies to grow Kroger's
ecommerce business, including ClickList pickup, home
delivery and ship-to-home, and
also leads the corporate digital
marketing plan for omnichannel
shopping experience.
She helped Kroger net a 188
percent gain in new ecommerce customers, a 28 percent
increase in new digital accounts
and a 21 percent leap in digital
engaged households.
DiFilippo led a departmental
resource group that improves
associate engagement, and was
team captain for Cincinnati's'
Corporate Olympics benefiting
Special Olympics.

Kim Hryhorchuk
Human Resources
Manager.
The Kroger Co./
Houston

Leading 17,500
associates in
Texas and Louisiana, Hryhorchuk
assists the division in driving
training and development, oversees annual workforce planning
for 212 retail locations, and is
responsible for health, welfare
and pension benefits of hourly
associates.
Ahead of Hurricane Harvey
last fall, she developed a hurricane contingency plan and
secured leaders from across
all regions of Kroger to help
restock products and recover
in the wake of the disaster.
Hryhorchuk also launched a
company-wide campaign that
raised more than $183,000 for
flood-affected associates in the
greater Houston region.


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