The Kroger Co. has promoted Laura Gump, formerly VP of merchandising for the Houston division, to president of the division. The Cincinnati-based company announced that she will succeed Joe Kelley who was recently named president of King Soopers.
"Laura has tremendous experience in the grocery and retail industries," Kroger SVP of Retail Operations Valerie Jabbar said in a Dec. 13 statement. "Her ability to build high-performing teams will ensure our Houston division continues to deliver the freshest foods and a friendly and welcoming experience for our customers, whether shopping in-store or online."
Gump has more than 34 years of grocery retailing experience. Prior to joining Kroger in 2020, she spent most of her grocery industry career with H-E-B, starting with managing stores before being promoted to district manager, regional VP and later, to group VP.
"I am thrilled to take on the role of division president and bring a new perspective to how we will provide an exceptional shopping experience for our customers, an engaged and uplifting culture for our associates, and support to the communities we serve," said Gump. "My goal is to continue expanding Kroger's reach and impact and diversify our ever-growing selection of fresh food to fulfill our promise of being Fresh for Everyone."
Supporting the promotion and mentorship of women in leadership at Kroger, Gump currently is president of Women's Edge. Gump has supported various community organizations over the course of her career. She sits on the board of directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and is a past board member of Teach for America. She has received accolades for her efforts to elevate diversity within the retail industry.