M. Marnette Perry

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Marnette Perry, KrogerM. Marnette Perry

The Kroger Co.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Operations

Years with company:  41 years




Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • Past member of the Board of Trustees of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio – Emeritus
  • Board of Directors – Grange Insurance Company
  • Board of Directors – Network of Executive Women
  • Board of Directors – Kroger Personal Finance
  • Variety of non-profit boards and committees
  • Founding donor of the Appalachian Scholars Program at Ohio University, a program designed for high school students living in the 29-county Appalachia region of southwest Ohio who wish to pursue higher education at Ohio University
  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
Kroger’s culture is held together by a fabric of people who lift each other and encourage development.  I have been remarkably fortunate to experience the value of so many mentors along the way who helped me learn.  The greatest impact they have had on me has been to encourage me to “know what I stand for and who I want to be.”  Ultimately, it was that lesson that shaped my leadership and fueled the passion that drives me.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
My defining moment isn’t really a moment … it is actually a defining lesson. What I have learned is the power of knowing the right question.  Earlier in my development and experience, like many of us, I thought the real goal was to “know the answer.”  Today, I know that on my best day I find the right question, not the answer.

Shaping the goal, including others, asking questions and listening are the skills and tools that lead to success.  And, success is never “MY success” … success is ours to share and enjoy.  All the people around me are the key to success.

Most challenging part of your job:
To stay laser-focused on the customer and make the customer the center of every discussion and every priority.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
Find your passion. Always have your own development plan. And love what you are doing today.