Jeff Burt to Take the Helm of Fred Meyer

Lynn Gust to retire on Jan. 31
January 14, 2016David Gill

Gust BurtLynn Gust, left, and Jeff Burt
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.

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.

Burt began his career with Kroger in 1986 as a management trainee. In 2004, he was named corporate vice president of deli/bakery merchandising and procurement, and was promoted to group vice president of perishables merchandising and procurement in 2010. He has served as president of Kroger’s Central division since 2013.

“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.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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