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Kroger names new SVP retail divisions, new president for Harris Teeter

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Friday announced that Fred Morganthall, currently president of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, has been named SVP retail divisions for Kroger. Rod Antolock, currently Harris Teeter's EVP, has been named president of Harris Teeter.
 
“Fred is an exceptional leader who is respected throughout the industry,” Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO, said. “We continue to learn a lot from Fred about building even stronger connections with our customers. We are delighted that he is taking on this broader role at Kroger,” he said. 
 
Morganthall, 63, has been president of Harris Teeter Supermarkets since 1997. He brings more than 37 years of grocery industry experience to his new role. Morganthall began his career in grocery retail in 1978 at Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids, Mich. He joined Harris Teeter in 1986 as director of grocery merchandising, and went on to serve in several key leadership roles including VP merchandising, VP distribution and VP operations, before taking his current role as president. Morganthall has also been an active leader in industry organizations, including the Food Marketing Institute.
 
Antolock, 56, began his retail career in 1978 with Albertsons, where he held a number of leadership roles before joining Harris Teeter in 2000. Antolock has served in several executive positions, including SVP operations and SVP operations and merchandising. He has been serving in his current role since 2012, where he is responsible for merchandising, operations, marketing, human resources, loss prevention, store development, quality assurance and distribution, as well as manufacturing.
 
“Rod's leadership has contributed to Harris Teeter's success for more than 15 years,” Ellis said. “He has been instrumental in developing Harris Teeter's exceptional customer service and product quality. We look forward to his continued leadership in his new role.”
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Ex-Kraft, P&G exec joins sporting goods retailer

BY DSN STAFF

PITTSBURGH — Dick’s Sporting Goods named veteran consumer packaged goods finance executive Teri List-Stoll executive vice president and CFO to oversee the retailer’s finance and legal organizations.
 
List-Stoll will join the company in August 2015 after a 30-year career in the CPG world. She most recently served as CFO of Kraft Foods Group from Sept. 2013 to May 2015. Prior to her CFO role at Kraft, List spent nearly 20 years at Procter & Gamble last serving as senior vice president and treasurer. Before joining P&G, she was with Deloitte & Touche for more than nine years. She currently serves on the board of directors for Microsoft Corporation and Danaher Corporation.
 
"We are pleased to welcome Teri to Dick’s Sporting Goods and look forward to benefitting from her extensive financial experience, leadership and strategic acumen as we execute our growth pillars," said Dick’s chairman and CEO Ed Stack. “Teri will be an excellent addition to our senior management team."
 
With the addition of List-Stoll, Andre Hawaux will relinquish his CFO responsibilities. Hawaux currently serves as the company’s executive vice president, COO and CFO. Hawaux will continue to serve as the company’s COO with responsibility for store operations, real estate, information technology and human resources.
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Hy-Vee launches new health and wellness site for children, teens

BY Antoinette Alexander

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — In an effort to help kids and families make health, exercise and nutrition priorities in their lives, Hy-Vee has launched the new KidsFit website.

The interactive health and wellness site for children, teens and families offers a free, online personal trainer. The workouts and activities featured on KidsFit require no equipment or gym memberships, making it accessible to children and teens of all skill levels. The site also features workout videos, nutrition blogs written by Hy-Vee dietitians and health lessons.

“At Hy-Vee, we want to make it easier for kids and families to make healthier choices. With its easy, fun format, Hy-Vee KidsFit inspires families to establish good fitness and nutritional habits in their daily lives,” Andy McCann, EVP and chief health officer at Hy-Vee, said.

“We know that not every child has the access or interest to play organized sports. We hope a broad range of kids can use the free KidsFit tools to stay active and healthy. Even children who participate in sports can benefit from having equipment-free workouts and tutorials on their computers or phones,” McCann added.

Certified personal trainer Daira Driftmier, who also serves as the online fitness coach on KidsFit, developed the program.

As part of KidsFit, children aged 7 to 17 and their families can sign up for the 5-Week Challenge, which provides kids with a structure to take control of their personal health and fitness. Participants will earn virtual trophies and badges to help monitor their progress during the 5-Week Challenge, and they will be encouraged to stick to their goals through Driftmier’s videos.

Hy-Vee KidsFit was recently introduced at the Exercising Your Character event in Des Moines, Iowa, which teaches fourth- and fifth-grade students about physical fitness, goal setting and character development. To celebrate the announcement, more than 7,300 children from 82 Iowa schools attempted to break the Guinness World Record for most individuals performing jumping jacks simultaneously.

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