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Wesley Rhodes

Wesley Rhodes

Vice President, Transformation and Research Development, The Kroger Co.
Accountable to provide a pipeline of new innovations and to profitably transform the customer's journey and the associate's interactions into one cohesive experience throughout all of Kroger's digital and physical properties through leveraging an expansive partner ecosystem and the very latest in technologies, paradigms, methods and science. Prior to joining Kroger, Wesley spent 18 years with IBM where he served in numerous capacities including as the Chief Technologist in Artificial Intelligence and Cloud computing, as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sensemaking, as the CTO for Corporate Strategy, as the Deputy CTO for US and NATO National Security and Defense, as Director of the Network Science Research Center as well as a subject matter expert in cyber security and disaster recovery.