Annette Hater

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Annette HaterAnnette Hater

The Kroger Co.
IS&S Director Store Systems

Years with company: 14 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: 

Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics – Thomas Moore College

Associates of Arts in Information Systems – Thomas Moore College

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to have always found people around me that excel in certain areas.  I try to learn how they approach situations then incorporate those learnings into my own style.  I’ve had many official and non-official mentors and have gained wisdom from both.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?   I am most proud of the people I have developed and mentored through the years.  I have such fantastic teams and am proud to have had the opportunity to influence and help them in their career.  I wouldn’t say that I have one specific defining moment of my career; however I am very proud of always staying true to who I am, what I stand for, and being diligent about keeping those values core in everything I do.  Someone I worked with once said “Core beliefs are ones you’d be fired before you would compromise”, and I often think about that to determine if the issue/situation is something that is a core belief/value or an “in the moment” situation that isn’t really critical to the big picture.

Most challenging part of your job: I’d consider the most challenging part of my job trying to find the balance between my work and personal life.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Don’t be afraid to make decisions and be accountable for those decisions.  I find too often others looking for someone else to make the decision.  The world needs more people willing to make the call.

Hobbies: I love to cook!  It completely relaxes me after a long stressful day.  I also enjoy reading, golfing, and spending time with my husband.