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Giant Food Hires Wanner As VP Of Human Resources

Brian Wanner

Landover, Maryland-based Giant Food has hired Brian Wanner as VP of human resources, effective May 9. In his new role, Wanner will be responsible for leading end-to-end human resources functions, including spearheading the development and evolution of a human resources strategy that continues to foster a culture of inclusion, learning and engagement.

Previously, Wanner served as the director of talent and culture for The Giant Company, another Ahold Delhaize brand. Wanner’s two decades of tenure with Ahold Delhaize USA began in 2000 when he joined The Giant Company as an assistant store manager. Throughout his tenure with Ahold Delhaize USA, he held many positions of responsibility across multiple areas, building his expertise across learning and development, talent management, diversity, recruitment, supply chain and logistics and innovation and deployment.

“Brian brings tremendous knowledge for both human resources and omnichannel retail to Giant thanks to his many years of service in this industry,” said Ira Kress, president of Giant Food. “His depth of experience in management as well as his passion for people-oriented leadership make him a highly welcomed and valued addition to our team to drive the strategy behind our employee value proposition.”

In Wanner’s most recent role at The Giant Company, which he has held since 2019, his responsibility spanned people strategy, talent management, organizational development, change management, engagement, training and development and talent acquisition. Wanner was instrumental in developing and bringing to life the brand’s learning platform, Giant University. As a member of the brand refresh team, he played a vital role in developing strategy for attracting and retaining talent. His work was key to The Giant Company’s certification as a ‘Best Place to Work’ for two consecutive years.

“I’m energized to be joining the Giant Food team to deploy both my passion and experience in this industry to a brand with such a positive reputation both inside and out,” Wanner said. “I look forward to continuing to further the growth of the excellent programs already in place at this company as well as leading new efforts that encourage an exemplary positive culture for its associates.”

Wanner has an associate degree at Central Penn College, a bachelor’s degree at Elizabethtown College and his master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Messiah University. He assumes his new role following the retirement of former VP of human resources, Robin Anderson, after 42 years of service to Giant Food.

Giant Food operates 164 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia with approximately 20,000 employees. Included within the 164 stores are 152 full-service pharmacies, 83 full-service PNC Banks and 26 Starbucks locations.

For more information, visit giantfood.com.

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