Ahold USA has appointed Mark McGowan to the position of EVP of merchandising. In this role, which will be based in Carlisle, Pa., McGowan will report directly to James McCann, COO, and will focus on leading a merchandising team that supports Ahold USA and its four divisions: Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle. McGowan previously served as EVP of supply chain for Ahold USA.
McGowan has more than 21 years of experience with Ahold USA companies. He joined the Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. in 1991 as a management trainee, and his positions have included SVP and GM of the Stop & Shop New York Division, SVP of sales at Stop & Shop and SVP of Stop & Shop New England.
McGowan became president of the Stop & Shop New England Division in November 2009. In 2012, he was appointed EVP of supply chain for Ahold USA, and also led the Ahold USA merchandising function on an interim basis.
McGowan’s direct reports include Jeff Dichele, SVP, non-perishables merchandising; John Ruane, interim SVP, fresh merchandising; Jodie Daubert, SVP, sales development; Raymond McCall, SVP, pharmacy and HBC merchandising; and Roger Wheeler, SVP Oracle Program lead.
“With more than 20 years of experience at Ahold USA companies, Mark is well suited to take on his newest leadership role with the company,” said McCann. “Mark’s strong experience in operations, supply chain and divisional leadership will be a great asset to our merchandising function.”