King Kullen Names Joseph W. Brown as New President, Chief Operating Officer and Bernard P. Kennedy as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Secretary
BETHPAGE, NY - Enacting its latest growth strategy, King Kullen has made several decisive moves to bolster its leadership ring. The retailer recently announced it has appointed Joseph W. Brown as President and Chief Operating Officer and Bernard P. Kennedy as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Secretary.
"King Kullen has been a part of my life for nearly 50 years. I have witnessed many changes within the supermarket industry during that time, but what has not changed is King Kullen’s commitment to its associates and customers and dedication to the communities in which it operates," Brown said in a statement to Newsday.
This is the first time since the company’s inception 91 years ago that King Kullen has appointed a President who is not a member of the founder’s family, according to the news source.
Brown began his career as a produce clerk for King Kullen nearly five decades ago, and was promoted from Executive Vice President to President and Chief Operating Officer following a vote by the retail chain’s Board of Directors.
In addition to this recent announcement, the grocer has also revealed it has promoted Bernard P. Kennedy, who is the great-nephew of King Kullen Founder Michael J. Cullen, from Senior Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs to Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Secretary.
These new appointments follow the announcement made back in March that Brian C. Cullen and J. Donald Kennedy, the grandson and great-nephew of the Founder, are planning to retire after 22 years in their roles as Co-Presidents and Co-Chief Operating Officers.
Congratulations to both of these talented leaders as make the next move in their already distinguished careers!