The Kroger Company has promoted former vice president of merchandising for the Houston division, Laura Gump, to president of the division. Gump succeeds Joe Kelley who was recently named president of King Soopers.
Gump has over 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 her career managing stores before being promoted to district manager, regional vp, and later to group vp.
Gump currently serves as the president of Women's Edge, a group dedicated to the promotion and mentorship of women in leadership at Kroger, as well as sitting on the board of directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. She is a past board member of Teach for America and has received accolades for her efforts to elevate diversity within the retail industry.