Kroger names new Roundy’s presidents

A Pick 'n Save store operated by Roundy's.
A Pick 'n Save store operated by Roundy's.

The Kroger Co., which purchased Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Inc. in December, has promoted two of its leaders to president of Roundy’s divisions.

A Pick 'n Save store operated by Roundy's.
A Pick ‘n Save store operated by Roundy’s.

Michael Marx, who is vice president of people operations for Kroger, will serve as president of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Wisconsin, beginning April 1. And Don Rosanova, executive vice president of operations for Roundy’s, has been named president of the Mariano’s division in the Chicago area immediately. Both will report to Bob Mariano, chief executive officer of Roundy’s.

Marx has worked at Kroger since 1975, when he was a stocker in Houston. He completed the company’s management development program and served in various leadership roles before eventually becoming director of regional operations for the Southwest division of Kroger in 2006. Marx was named vice president of operations in 2007 and vice president of transition in Kroger’s general office in 2011. Earlier this year, he was promoted to his current position.

“Michael’s knowledge of store operations and merchandising, combined with his expertise in human resources and organizational effectiveness, will serve him well in this role. He builds strong teams of leaders and associates who work together to deliver business results.” said Mariano. “Michael’s leadership skills and business knowledge make him an excellent addition to our Roundy’s team in Wisconsin.”

Rosanova has been in his current role since May 2006. He previously was vice president-supply chain from 2002 to 2006. Before he joined Roundy’s, Rosanova was vice president of operations at foodservices supplies and equipment company Edward Don & Co., and before that was group vice president of operations at Dominick’s Finer Foods in the Chicago area.

“Don has been my partner in building the Mariano’s brand and I could not have built this without his leadership,” said Mariano. “His passion for excellence has made him a well-respected leader within the Roundy’s and retail grocery community. Don has been an integral part of the success of the Mariano’s stores since its inception and we look forward to him continuing that journey as we grow the Mariano’s business.”

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger has 431,000 employees at 2,778 retail stores under several banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger said in its earnings call this month that by merging with Roundy’s it was able to enter the Chicago and Wisconsin markets, where Roundy’s already had strong market share with Pick ’n Save, Mariano’s and Copps stores.

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Molly Dill
Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.

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