Marsha Gilford, previously Vice President of Public Affairs for the Smith’s Food & Drug Store Division, has been promoted to regional director of Corporate Affairs for The Kroger Company.

She will oversee the Southwest Region of the United States comprising Fry’s, Smith’s, Dallas, Dillons and Houston divisions of Kroger.  She will be responsible for building a streamlined, integrated corporate affairs team that supports these Kroger divisions while advancing larger strategic priorities.

Gilford joined Smith’s in 1992 as Public Relations Manager for the Smith’s Division, after a career in television advertising sales and cause marketing.  She currently serves on the Three Square Food Bank Board in Las Vegas; food industry boards in New Mexico and Nevada; and on the University of Utah’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advancement board.

Aubriana Martindale has accepted the position of Corporate Affairs Manager for Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, replacing Gilford.   She will oversee 142 Smith’s Food & Drug Stores throughout seven states of operation in media, external communications, philanthropy and community relations.

Martindale graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Business.  She joined the Smith’s Corporate Affairs department in 2014 as Public Affairs Coordinator. She is a member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Forum and Millennial Business Advisors and leads an external resource group, Lean In Women of Utah.