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Kroger Board of Directors Chairman Dave Dillon to Receive UC Honorary Degree

Dave Dillon, chairman of the Board of Directors for The Kroger Co., will receive the University of Cincinnatiís most prestigious award, an honorary doctorate, during April 26 Commencement ceremonies.

Date: 3/31/2014
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Dave Dillon, chairman of the Board of Directors for The Kroger Co., will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from the University of Cincinnati at Commencement ceremonies set to take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in Fifth Third Arena.
Dave Dillon
Dave Dillon

Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S.  

Dillon served in a variety of leadership roles after joining the Dillons Company in 1976 with its King Soopers division in Denver. During his career, Dillon served in various leadership positions with Fryís Food Stores and the Dillon Companies before being named president of Dillon Companies in 1986, a subsidiary of Kroger. He was appointed executive vice president of Kroger in 1990, and he was elected president and chief operating officer of the company in 1995. Dillon was named CEO of Kroger in 2003. He was elected chairman of the Board of Directors in 2004. Dillon retired as CEO at the end of 2013 and will remain Board of Directors chairman through the end of 2014.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Cincinnati Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DIRECTV, the Board of Directors for Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad Company, the Board of Trustees for the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, the Board of Trustees for the University of Kansas Endowment, and the Board of Directors for Catalyst.

Dillon earned a bachelorís degree in business at the University of Kansas and a law degree at Southern Methodist University.

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