Joe E. Antonini, Chairman
Joe E. Antonini
Joseph E. Antonini is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Kmart Corporation, where he worked for over 30 years. At Kmart, Joe rose from his humble beginnings as a management trainee, at the then S.S. Kresge Company in 1964, to Chairman of the giant retail chain in 1987. He is credited with leading Kmart into a new era by launching store renewal programs of unparalleled scope in retail history. They included expansion of the retailer’s specialty store concepts, along with introduction of the Kmart Super Center, both contributors to setting new sales and profit records.
In the past, Joe has been awarded key positions that include Chairman of the National Retail Federation and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Polaroid Corporation, Chrysler Corporation, Shell Oil Company, Ziebart International, NBD Bank, Michigan Bell, Economic Club of Detroit, and as a Trustee for the National Italian American Foundation. He is also a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. A native of West Virginia, Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University. In 1992 he was recognized by the University as its most distinguished alumni. In 2011 Mr. Antonini was named to the West Virginia University Hall of Fame of Distinguished Alumni.