Ahold USA Names More Merch Execs

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Ahold USA has named the next group of merchandising executives who will support the company’s three divisions (brands) as it moves toward a January 1, 2018 decentralized operating structure.

According to an internal announcement, at Giant/Martin’s, veterans Denise Mullen and Dave Lessard will become VP-center store and VP-fresh respectively. Reporting to Mullen will be center store directors Deb Kreider, Kyle Kirkpatrick and Rebecca Lupfer. Steve Allison, director of meat/seafood, Brian Lorenz, director of deli/bakery and Chris Keetch, director of produce/floral, will report to Lessard. Both VPs will report to John Ruane, senior VP-merchandising for the Carlisle, PA-based unit.

At Stop & Shop, Kerri Aguilo will serve as senior VP of center store with Maria Elena Ruisi, Natalia Torres-Furtado and Joel Brissenden, all VPs, reporting to her in Quincy, MA. Aguilo will report to Mark Messier, the division’s EVP-merchandising. At presstime, the SVP-fresh position had not yet been filled. However, named to the fresh leadership team are Ahold USA newcomers Harry Giglio, VP-meat and seafood (ex-Shaw’s, ex-Weis, ex-A&P and ex-Marsh), and Tracy Waterman, VP-deli/bakery (ex-Save Mart, ex-Safeway), along with Ahold USA veteran Brian Fleming, who will serve as VP-produce/floral.

At Giant Food, Michael Weinstock is the new VP of center store and will have Greg Bibb and Diane Couchman reporting to him. On the fresh side in Landover, Rick Manzi has been named VP and will have Bill Campbell, director of meat/seafood, and Al Rivero, director of produce/floral, reporting to him. Both Weinstock and Manzi will report to Tonya Herring, SVP-merchandising. At presstime, the director of deli/bakery slot had not yet been filled.

AUSA’s Retail Business Services (RBS) unit also announced that Lee Nicholson has been appointed VP-supply chain strategy and third party management. He will report to Chris Lewis, EVP-supply chain.

Not released at this time are any announcements concerning divisional operations leadership (those who would report to the senior VPs of operations named in May). A little further down the road (perhaps after Labor Day) we expect to hear who will be filling the specific category manager positions at the three divisions.