The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that William T. Boehm has been promoted to Group Vice President of Logistics.

Mr. Boehm, 54, most recently served as Vice President of Logistics. In his new position, he is responsible for the Company's nationwide distribution system, including facility planning and construction, logistics capital management, supply chain technology, and transportation. He will continue to report to Michael S. Heschel, Kroger executive vice president and chief information officer.

Mr. Boehm joined Kroger in 1981 as Director of Economic Research and Commodity Analysis. In 1986, he was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Planning and Research. Three years later, Mr. Boehm was appointed Vice President of Grocery Procurement. In 1994, he was promoted to Vice President of Logistics. He received his undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Master's and Doctorate degrees from Purdue University.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains. At the end of fiscal 2000, the Company operated 2,354 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under nearly two dozen banners, including Kroger, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Smith's, King Soopers, Dillon, Fry's, City Market, Food 4 Less and Quality Food Centers. Kroger also operates 789 convenience stores, 398 fine jewelry stores, 77 supermarket fuel centers and 42 food processing plants.