Chris Hjelm Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The Kroger Co.

Chris is responsible for managing the Kroger Co.’s nationwide network of information technology, including systems used in retail stores, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and offices. He also oversees Tech-nology Research & Development, Aviation, Customer Connect and the Kroger Support Center, 84.51°, Corporate Travel, Enterprise Payments and General & Administrative cost reduction efforts. Before joining Kroger in 2005, Chris was CIO of Cendant’s Travel Distribution Services. He also served as senior vice president of Technology at eBay Inc., executive vice president at Excite@Home and senior vice president and CIO at Federal Express Corp. Chris joined Kroger as senior vice president and CIO before being promoted to his current role in 2015. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and an honorary Ph.D. from Colorado Technical University. He serves on the board of directors for Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a healthcare services company that, through its subsidiaries, operates hospitals, nursing centers, home health, hos-pice and non-medical home care locations and a contract rehabilitation services business across the United States. Chris also serves on the Arcode Corporation board. Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Cincinnati and have three children.