Susan J. Kropf Joins Kroger Board

CINCINNATI -- Susan J. Kropf, former president of Avon Products, has become the seventeenth member of the board of directors of The Kroger Co. here.

Kropf was elected to serve on the retailer's board until its annual shareholders meeting in June 2008, at which time she will stand for election by Kroger's shareholders.

With extensive experience in home, health, and beauty care earned during her 35-year career with Avon Products, Kropf served in a number of key positions at the cosmetics giant, including president and c.o.o, a position she held from 2001 until her retirement earlier this year. In that role, Kropf was responsible for all of Avon's worldwide operations, including global marketing and supply chain.

She also held other roles at Avon, including president, Avon U.S., the company's largest single market, and president of new and emerging markets.

In addition to her new director's role at Kroger, Kropf serves on the boards of Coach, Inc., MeadWestvaco Corp., Sherwin Williams Co. and the Wallace Foundation. She is also a member of Cosmetic Executive Women.

Kropf has been honored by the March of Dimes for her charitable efforts and has been inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers.

Kroger operates roughly 2,500 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners.
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