Ahold USA Names Two EVPS: Mark McGowan In Merchandising, Jan van Dam In Supply Chain

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Ahold USA recently made two executive announcements. Late last month, Mark McGowan was named executive vice president of merchandising, the position he had been holding on an interim basis. On February 4, Jan van Dam was named executive vice president of supply chain and e-commerce. Both executives will be based in Carlisle, PA and will report directly to new chief operating office James McCann, who took over that post February 1 with the retirement of Carl Schlicker.

McGowan 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 had previously served as executive vice president of supply chain for AholdUSA. He has more than 21 years of experience with Ahold USA companies. He joined the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company in 1991 as a management trainee, and his positions have included senior vice president and general manager of the Stop & Shop New York Division, senior vice president of sales at Stop & Shop and senior vice president of Stop & Shop New England.

McGowan became president of the Stop & Shop New England Division in November 2009. In 2012, he was appointed executive vice president of supply chain for Ahold USA, and has also led the Ahold USA merchandising function on an interim basis.

McGowan’s direct reports include: Jeff Dichele, senior vice president, non-perishables merchandising; John Ruane, interim senior vice president, fresh merchandising; Jodie Daubert, senior vice president, sales development; Raymond McCall, senior vice president, pharmacy and HBC merchandising; and Roger Wheeler, senior vice president, Oracle program lead.

Van Dam will focus on leading a supply chain organization that supports Ahold USA and its four divisions, Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant/Landover and Giant/Carlisle. His direct reports include: Jeff Enright, senior vice president of supply chain distribution operations; Walt Lentz, senior vice president of supply chain replenishment and forecasting; Mark Tarzwell, vice president of supply chain projects, fresh; and Jerry Pimental, vice president of supply chain projects, non-perishable. In addition to supply chain, van Dam will also have responsibility for AholdUSA’s e-commerce business with Peapod president and general manager Andrew Parkinson reporting to him.

With 17 years of experience at Ahold, van Dam most recently served as president and CEO of Albert/Hypernova, Ahold’s supermarket business in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prior to that, he served as general manager of Etos, Ahold’s drugstore business in the Netherlands, and he also held a number of leadership positions at Albert Heijn, Ahold’s supermarket business in the Netherlands.

“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 when the McGowan appointment was announced. “Mark’s strong experience in operations, supply chain and divisional leadership will be a great asset to our merchandising function.”

“Jan will add valuable retail expertise to AholdUSA’s leadership team,” said McCann in making the van Dam announcement. “Jan’s responsibility over the e-commerce side of our business will also enable us to accelerate its expansion and maximize supply chain synergies across AholdUSAand Peapod.”