Valerie Jabbar is Group Vice President of Merchandising at The Kroger Co. As Group Vice President, she is responsible for over 700 associates.
A respected leader, Valerie began her career with Fry’s in 1987 as a clerk. Over the last 30 years, she has held several leadership roles, including assistant store director, category manager, Drug/GM coordinator, G.O. Seasonal manager, assistant director of Drug/GM and director of Drug/GM, as well as district manager in the Fry’s Division. In 2012, Valerie moved to the Mid-Atlantic Division as vice president of Merchandising before relocating to the Ralphs Division in 2013 as vice president, Merchandising. She was promoted to President in July 2016.
With a strong commitment to her community, Valerie is the current president of the Food Industries Circle for the City of Hope and a board member for the Western Association of Food Chains. She is also the USC Marshall School of Business Food Industry Executive in Residence, and serves as mentor for the Ralphs Division Women’s EDGE ARG. In 2012, Valerie was named a Rising Star by Progressive Grocer in their 2012 Top Women in Grocery awards. Most recently she was named the 2018 Woman Executive of the Year by The Shelby Report.
Valerie attended the Colorado Institute of Art and has also completed leadership seminars at Babson University and Darden University.