The Kroger Co. on Tuesday announced it has promoted Colleen Juergensen to take over as president of the chain’s Central division, replacing Pam Matthews.
Matthews, who has been with Kroger for 40 years, is set to retire Feb. 2. She has been Central division president since 2017.
Kroger’s Central division has 134 stores and more than 15,000 employees, primarily throughout Indiana, southern Illinois and eastern Missouri.
Juergensen is currently president of Kroger’s Dillons division, which 93 stores in Kansas and Nebraska.
She began her Kroger career in 1981 as a bakery clerk in her hometown of Great Bend, Kansas. She has served in various leadership roles in the Dillons division, including store leader, district manager, director of advertising and vice president of operations. She became president of the division in 2016.