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Kroger Names New Chief Information Officer

Published on Feb 1 2019 9:37 AM in Retail tagged: Kroger / Appointments / Chief Information Officer

Kroger Names New Chief Information Officer

US supermarket chain Kroger has named Yael Cosset its new chief information officer and senior vice-president, effective 1 May 2019.

Presently, Cosset is the chief digital officer of the company and will continue to hold on to the portfolio in addition to his new role.

He will succeed Christopher T. Hjelm, who will retire on 1 August 2019.

'Thoughtful Succession Planning'

Chief executive of Kroger, Rodney McMullen, said, "Consistent with Kroger's history of thoughtful succession planning, Chris and Yael have a deliberate transition plan to ensure continuity while successfully delivering on our Restock Kroger technology initiatives to redefine the grocery customer experience."

In January 2017, Cosset was elected as the group vice-president and chief digital officer of Kroger, and has played an important role in leading Kroger's digital growth strategy.

Commenting on Cosset's appointment, McMullen said, "He is a passionate advocate for applying technology, innovation, and customer science to make a difference in the lives of our customers.

"Yael has the qualifications, skills and strategic mindset to ensure technology and digital are key accelerators of Kroger's future success."

An Industry Veteran

Cosset is an industry veteran and has served as the chief commercial officer and chief information officer of 84.51° since its inception in 2015.

He has also held several leadership roles at Dunnhumby, including executive vice-president of consumer markets, global chief information officer, and chief executive officer of KSS Retail.

He graduated with a major in mathematics from the Classes Preparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles in France, and holds a masters of science degree from the business school of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Chambery.

© 2019 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Dayeeta Das. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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