Wesley Rhodes, VP of Research & Development and Technology Transformation, Kroger
Wesley Rhodes is the VP of Research & Development and Technology Transformation for Kroger. Wesley is responsible 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.
Wesley holds numerous academic appointments, is a former Prince of Wales Fellow at MIT and has graduate degrees from the University of Houston, the University of Western Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin and from the University of Maryland, University College.