Joe Grieshaber has been appointed as president of Kroger's Dillon Food Stores division.

Grieshaber will replace John Bays, who is retiring after 42 years with the US grocery retailer.

Grieshaber began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store manager trainee in Nashville and has held a variety of leadership roles within the company including meat merchandiser, zone manager and vice president of merchandising.

Most recently, he served as group vice president of perishables merchandising and procurement for the retailer, a role he has held since 2003.

"Joe's merchandising and management experience will serve our associates and customers well. We look forward to Joe's leadership at Dillons as we continue to focus on improving our customers' overall shopping experience," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger president and chief operating officer.

Dillon Food Stores is based in Kansas, and operates 91 stores across Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.