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USC Marshall to honor Kroger CEO as Food Industry Executive of Year
Dillon to receive top award from Food Industry Management Program
January 25, 2008 • by News at Marshall

LOS ANGELES -- January 23, 2008 - The Food Industry Management Program at the USC Marshall School of Business will honor David Dillon, Chairman and CEO of The Kroger Company, as "Food Industry Executive of the Year" at its annual graduation banquet in April.

"David Dillon has exemplified the managerial traits we inculcate in participants of USC Marshall's Food Industry Management Program," said Professor Thomas Arnold, the program’s director. "He has brought innovation, smarts and most of all, leadership to Kroger and to the entire industry. We’re delighted to award him with our highest honor for his contributions to the food industry."

The award is presented annually to a food industry executive who has shown extraordinary leadership while producing exceptional business results.

The Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business is marking its 50th anniversary in 2008. Each year, 35 students are chosen from a wide range of companies in the food industry to participate in the elite training program. Participants must have proven records of management accomplishments with significant potential for future advancement.

Arnold, who has directed the Food Industry Management Program for the past decade, will present the award at the annual banquet, which will be held on the USC campus on April 30. For banquet information, please contact the Food Industry Management Program office at 213-740-5585.

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