Jeff Burt to Take the Helm of Fred Meyer
January 14, 2016,
CINCINNATI-Jeff Burt, president of Kroger’s central division, has been named to succeed the retiring Lynn Gust as president of the grocery giant’s Fred Meyer division.
Lynn Gust, left, and Jeff Burt
Gust, who began his Kroger career in 1970 as a parcel clerk in a Fred Meyer store in Vancouver, Wash., will retire on Jan. 31. He became Fred Meyer’s president in 2012, after serving in senior roles such as senior vice president of the store operations group from 2003-2006, executive vice president of corporate merchandising and advertising from 2006-2011 and vice president of operations from 2011-2012.
“Throughout his distinguished career, Lynn as always led by empowering, encouraging and supporting others,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.
“Jeff is a strong, dynamic leader who brings out the best in our associates,” McMullen said. “His enthusiasm for serving our customers combined with both broad and deep experience in our business ... will serve our Fred Meyer team well.