CINCINNATI -- Kroger's annual shareholders meeting here last week marked a changing of the guard as David Dillon, chief executive officer, assumed the additional mantle of chairman from Joseph Pichler, who retired as chairman. The meeting was light on business: Per the board's recommendation, shareholders rejected a proposal that would prevent the same person from serving as both chairman and CEO, and one that called for the annual election of directors. However, it was long on sentiment. ...

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