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Mary Ellen Adcock is the SVP of operations for The Kroger Co., responsible for all supermarket stores and divisions. She leads the company’s strategy to improve the customer experience for 11 million shoppers every day while creating a better workplace for 480,000 associates across nearly 2,800 stores. Adcock also leads asset protection, process change, productivity improvement initiatives and enterprise food safety.
Joining Cincinnati-based Kroger in 1999 in the company’s manufacturing division, Adcock held several manufacturing leadership positions, including human resources manager, general manager and regional operations manager. She was promoted to VP of deli/bakery manufacturing in 2009. In 2012, she was promoted to VP of natural foods, and then to VP of merchandising and operations for the Columbus division two years later. Adcock became group VP of retail operations in 2016 and SVP of retail operations in 2019, and was named to her current role in 2021. She’s an active community member, serving on the board of trustees for the Cincinnati Museum Center and Mount St. Joseph University, and she sponsors Kroger’s Young Professionals Associate Resource Group. Adcock previously served on the American Bakers Association board of directors. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, with a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development and business administration. Adcock went on to earn her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband and son.