Dave Dillon - Retail, Food & Beverage, Consumer

Dave Dillon

Mr. Dillon is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Today the company employs 450,000 associates who serve customers in more than 2,800 supermarkets under two dozen names. Kroger also operates 28 food-processing plants, and convenience stores and jewel stores.

Dave served in a variety of leadership roles since joining the Dillons Company in 1976 with its King Soopers division in Denver, Colorado. During his career, he also served in various positions with Fry’s Food Stores and with the Dillon Companies prior to being named president of Dillon Companies in 1986.

He was appointed executive vice president of Kroger in 1990 and was elected president and chief operating officer of the company in 1995. Dave was named CEO of Kroger in 2003.

Dave’s current and former Board of Director or Trustee roles include: Kroger, Union Pacific, 3M, Convergys Corporation, Bethesda, Inc., Catalyst, University of Kansas Hospital, MRI Global, University of Cincinnati Foundation, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and University of Kansas Endowment. Dave holds a B.S. in business from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University.