Kroger announces succession plan for secretary, general counsel

Cincinnati -- The Kroger Co. announced its succession plan for secretary and general counsel.

Paul W. Heldman, 62, a 31-year Kroger veteran who has been serving as the company's general counsel since 1989, secretary since 1992, and executive VP since 2006, will retire in the spring of 2014.

Christine S. Wheatley, 42, Kroger's VP, senior counsel and assistant secretary, will be named secretary and general counsel, effective upon the retirement of Heldman next year. The company expects its board to elect Wheatley secretary and general counsel at a future board meeting.


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