Kroger Appoints Gabriel Arreaga as New SVP of Supply Chain; Robert Clark Steps Down
CINCINNATI, OH - It has been said time and again that every end marks a new beginning. This old adage once again speaks to reality as Robert Clark, SVP of Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Enterprise Sourcing, has announced his retirement after more than 35 years with Kroger. As Clark steps down, Gabriel Arreaga will begin in his new role, taking over for Clark as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain beginning October 1.
In his new role, Arreaga will be responsible for the supply chain organization including logistics, inventory, and replenishment. He most recently served as SVP of Supply Chain for Mondelez International. During his tenure there, he led a team of over 14,000 employees within the network of 41 internal and external factories, 49 fulfillment centers, direct-to-store branches, and logisitics and product development. Arreaga has also served as VP of Operations for Stanley Black and Decker as well as roles at Unilever.
"Gabriel's proven history of outstanding leadership and management of complex supply chain and logistics functions will accelerate our ability to provide a seamless shopping experience for our customers," noted Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO. "We welcome Gabriel and his 22 years of leadership experience in the industry and look forward to adding his fresh perspective and insights to our growing operations."
Arreaga holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Del Valle University and an MBA from INCAE, a top global MBA program led by Harvard University's curriculum located in Central America.
He also has completed several advanced management programs at Harvard University and served as a research assistant for MIT faculty on Corporate Strategy.
"We thank Robert [Clark] for his 35 years of dedicated service and leadership," McMullen continued. "He's been an instrumental leader at all levels of our organization and has built collaborative teams and developed business strategies that have advanced our operations and uplifted our associates and customers."
As the two industry leaders begin down different paths, we here at ANUK wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing what the future holds at Kroger.