Kroger Co.’s Food 4 Less/Foods Co. operating division has hired WinCo veteran Nancy Lebold as VP of merchandising, effective Sept. 23.
Lebold will report to Bryan Kaltenbach, president of the Food 4 Less/Foods Co. division, which is based in Los Angeles and operates 129 limited-service discount stores under the Food 4 Less and Foods Co. banners in California and Illinois. Lebold succeeds Mike Servold, who was recently promoted to VP of operations for Kroger’s Atlanta division.
Lebold joins Kroger with 26 years of experience in the grocery retail industry for WinCo Foods. While at WinCo she held a variety of store, district and corporate roles with varying degrees of responsibility and leadership, including most recently SVP of operations, a role she had held since 2015.
WinCo, based in Boise, Idaho, is a leading price-focused supermarket in the West and Southwest.
In 2007, Lebold was named VP of general merchandise for WinCo before being promoted to VP of procurement. As SVP of operations, Lebold led significant operational and performance improvements in new markets among other impressive accomplishments, Kroger said.
“We are thrilled to have an operator of Nancy’s caliber to lead our merchandising team,” said Kaltenbach. “Nancy exemplifies the strategic vision, leadership and execution skills needed for the position.”
“I look forward to being part of such an incredible organization and team, together we will execute our Restock Kroger strategy and position Food 4 Less/Foods Co. for continued success in the future,” said Lebold.
Lebold graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in business marketing and holds a Food Industry Management Certificate from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.