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Kroger CEO David Dillon to retire in January, successor named

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Friday announced its board of directors’ long-term CEO succession plan. 

David Dillon, 62, a 37-year Kroger veteran who has been serving as CEO since 2003, will retire as CEO on Jan. 1, 2014, while continuing to serve as chairman — Dillon will serve as chairman through Dec. 31, 2014.

Rodney McMullen, 53, Kroger’s president and COO, will succeed Dillon. McMullen joined Kroger in 1978 on a part-time basis on a stock crew and has been president and COO since 2009 and a director since 2003. He previously held a variety of senior management positions including vice chairman; EVP strategy, planning and finance; and CFO.

"As Kroger implements its strategic growth initiatives, the time is right for the transition of leadership," Dillon said. "Rodney has played a leadership role in every major decision Kroger has made for the past 25 years, including the development and implementation of Kroger’s Customer 1st approach as well as our current growth strategy. He is ready to be CEO." 

McMullen’s successor will be named at a later date.


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Perrigo hires former FDA staffer to head regulatory review

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo Co. has hired a former Food and Drug Administration official for its regulatory department, the drug maker said Friday.

The Allegan, Mich.-based drug maker announced the appointment of Keith Webber as head of regulatory review, a position in which he will start on Oct. 21. Webber previously served as acting director of the FDA’s Office of Pharmaceutical Science, part of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, which regulates prescription and OTC drugs. He also served as director of the Office of Generic Drugs.

"He brings us a wealth of strategic, scientific and regulatory experience from his years of working with the FDA," Perrigo chairman, president and CEO Joseph Papa said. "Keith will work closely with regulatory leadership to support new product selection and develop strategies and processes to achieve high-quality applications and timely approvals, enabling us to bring quality, affordable products to the market."


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Fortune: Clif Bar sports one of the best workplaces across medium-sized companies

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar & Co. has been named one of the best workplaces in the United States by Great Place to Work. The 2013 annual list recognizing exceptional workplace cultures at small- and medium-size companies was published Thursday in Fortune magazine.

“We strive for a workplace that sustains our people — one of the five aspirations, or bottom lines, that defines our business,” stated Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary. “Happy, healthy people create good food. We’re honored to be recognized for building a company culture that supports and inspires our employees to grow and succeed, have fun and contribute to a more sustainable future.”

Ranked ninth on the list of 25 best medium workplaces (251-999 employees), Clif Bar made the 2013 list in its first year of applying. Great Place to Work evaluated each company in a selection process that included an employee survey and detailed questionnaire about benefits programs and company practices.

Taking a holistic approach to employee well-being, Clif Bar supports its people physically, fiscally and emotionally. Employees have access to an onsite gym, personal trainers and fitness classes as well as nutritional counseling and an annual athletic competition stipend.

In addition to 401(k) and annual incentive plans, employees also own 20% of Clif Bar through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. In keeping with the company’s focus on environmental sustainability, employees are helped to reduce their own carbon footprint through such incentives as fiscal help to purchase low emission vehicles or leave their cars at home entirely.

An onsite childcare center, dog-friendly workplace, employee-run kitchen, flexible work week, telecommute options, tuition reimbursement, community service opportunities, life coaching and a paid sabbatical every seven years provide employees with emotional support, comfort and personal growth.


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