Kroger CDO Kevin Dougherty leaves at short notice

  • Signs for push-out forces
  • After two years on the job
  • Laud, praise and good wishes for Dougherty
  • Yael Cosset takes over

(management-change.com) — Cincinnati, Ohio, December 06, 2016 — Kevin Dougherty, digital chief of Kroger, leaves. It is a change at short notice. As announced by The Kroger Co. in a news release on Tuesday, December 06, 2016, Kevin Dougherty leaves the post as chief digital officer at the retailer after two years on the job, effective January 27, 2017.

Dougherty’s duties are taken over by Yael Cosset, currently chief commercial officer and chief information officer of 84.51° at The Kroger Co. 84.51° is Kroger’s data analysis subsidiary.

The CDO role is a major one at Kroger. The retailer has emphasized its digital capabilities in recent years.

The move is a generational change as well. Yael Cosset is about 20 years younger than Kevin Dougherty.

No reason given

In the announcement, Kroger did not explicitly explain the reason for Dougherty’s imminent move, opening the door for speculation.

“Retire”

Kroger said: Kevin Dougherty “will retire on Jan. 27, 2017, after 15 years of distinguished service”.

Precise information about the future plans of Dougherty was not immediately available.

Share price decline

The change follows a decline in the share price of The Kroger Co. since December 2015.

Chaired by W. Rodney McMullen

The Kroger Co. is chaired by W. Rodney McMullen.

McMullen was elected Chairman of the Board in January 2015 and Chief Executive Officer of Kroger in January 2014. McMullen served as Kroger’s President and Chief Operating Officer from August 2009 to December 2013.

On the job as chief digital officer since 2015

Dougherty is Group Vice President & Chief Digital Officer for The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati.

He was named to his current role in 2015.

He is responsible for leading the company’s Digital Strategy along with its Health and Wellness Business Strategy.

The Digital Team launched in 2012 and is focused on building Kroger’s presence in the marketplace in digital channels, personalization and e-commerce. Vitacost.com merged with the Kroger Co in 2014 and will accelerate the company’s emergence in the online ship to home channel.

Dougherty joined Kroger in 2001 as Vice President of Supply Chain Operations. He previously maintained an independent consulting practice focusing on logistics and operational performance.

He also held a number of key positions in logistics and information technology with Baxter Healthcare Corp. and Witron Integrated Logistics Corp.

He was elected Group Vice President of Logistics at Kroger in 2004.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Systems from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an M.B.A. from Widener University.

Signs for push-out forces

It is not completely certain what forces eventually triggered Kevin Dougherty’s move.

The Push-out Score™ determined by management-change.com suggests that push-out forces may have contributed to the management change.

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