Rodney McMullen

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Rodney McMullen
William Rodney McMullen

1960/1961 (age 57–58)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky
Known forCEO, Kroger
SalaryUS$12,987,582 (total compensation, 2014)[1]
PredecessorDavid Dillon
Board member ofCincinnati Financial
Spouse(s)Kathryn King McMullen

William Rodney McMullen (born 1960/1961) is an American businessman, the CEO of Kroger, the second-largest general retailer in the US, since January 1, 2014.

Early life[edit]

McMullen was born in Williamstown, Kentucky on his family-owned farm, and was first of his family to receive a college education. He has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Accounting, both from the University of Kentucky.[1]


In 1978, McMullen began working part-time as a stock clerk in his local Kroger grocery store, while a university student. His work included price tagging items, bagging groceries, receiving product, and running the register. In 1982, McMullen moved to Charlotte. From there, he became a financial analyst in the corporate headquarters. At the age of 34, McMullen became chief financial officer. McMullen was key in the merger with Fred Meyer, Inc. in 1999. In 2003, McMullen became vice chairman, and COO in 2009.[2][3][4][5] McMullen became the CEO of Kroger on January 1, 2014, succeeding David Dillon.[6]

McMullen is a non-executive director of Cincinnati Financial.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Kathryn King McMullen, who he met when they were both students at the University of Kentucky.[7]


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  3. ^ "Here's what you need to know about Kroger's incoming CEO Rodney McMullen - Cincinnati Business Courier". 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  4. ^ W. Rodney McMullen. "W. McMullen: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  5. ^ "W. Mcmullen". Forbes. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  6. ^ "News Room". The Kroger Co. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  7. ^ "UK alumnus to be CEO of The Kroger Co". ukalumni. Retrieved 14 November 2015.