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Ahold Delhaize Names Ruane As The Giant Co. President

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John Ruane

Ahold Delhaize USA has named John Ruane as president of The Giant Co.

“We have been fortunate to have John lead The Giant Co. as interim president during a time of transition, and we are excited about this next step in his career,” said JJ Fleeman, CEO, Ahold Delhaize USA. 

“He has led the team during a very important time in the company’s history as it celebrates its 100-year anniversary this fall. John is a leader who cares deeply about his team and serving customers. 

“He will continue to drive strong performance and advance many of the hallmarks of The Giant Company brand, including growth in its local markets, innovation in operations and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as health and sustainability.”

Before serving as interim president, a role he took on at the end of August 2022 with the departure of Nicholas BertramRuane served as SVP and chief commercial officer for The Giant Co. In that position, he led the merchandising and marketing teams to develop and implement customer-centric strategies, while also improving customers’ experience and the overall value proposition. 

Ruane began his career in the grocery industry at age 14 at Foodtown in New Jersey, where he worked through college. He later joined Pathmark and held positions of increasing responsibility at retail and in merchandising before joining Ahold Delhaize USA companies in 2011 and The Giant Co. in 2018.

“I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as president of The Giant Company,” John Ruane said.

“Guided by our purpose of connecting families for a better future in all that we do, I’m looking forward to building on The Giant Company’s incredible legacy and working with our entire team to do what we do best: ensuring we are always well-positioned to not only meet but exceed the needs of our customers and communities who’ve trusted us for the past century.”

Ruane serves as chair of FMI’s Fresh Food Leadership Committee and on the board of directors at Philabundance, the largest hunger-relief organization serving the Philadelphia area. 

The Giant Co., headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is an omnichannel retailer with more than 35,000 employees in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey. It operates 193 stores, 132 pharmacies, 107 fuel stations and more than 180 online pickup hubs and grocery delivery services.

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