CINCINNATI — Kroger here on Wedesnday said that Paul Scutt, senior vice president of retail operations, would retire in late February after a 45-year career with the company.
“Paul has been a driving force behind Kroger's safety, productivity, and cost control improvements," David B. Dillon, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
“Under Paul's leadership, the company has significantly reduced employee accidents, improved management of product shrink and other operating costs, and instituted process changes that have allowed Kroger to invest in its Customer 1st strategy."
Scutt began his career with Kroger in 1965 as a store clerk. In 1970, he left Kroger to serve in the U.S. Army, including a 15-month tour in Vietnam. Upon his return from military service, Scutt earned a degree from Indiana University and entered Kroger's management training program.
In 1976, he became a store manager and quickly rose through the company's operations and merchandising leadership positions.
Scutt was named vice president of the Dillon Cos. in 1997 and in 2000 he was appointed President of the Kroger Central Marketing Area, based in Indianapolis. In 2002, Scutt became an officer of the company and joined the senior executive team based in Cincinnati, leading retail operations.