Ruane, Herring To Head Merch At Carlisle, Landover In New Ahold Delhaize Lineup

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Ahold USA and Delhaize America announced the next wave of management changes affecting its five supermarket divisions (brands) and its commercial services and strategy unit, which is part of its Retail Business Services (RBS) division.

Both Ahold USA and Delhaize America said they are continuing the process of creating brand-centric organizations to ensure they remain customer-focused, close to their communities and are positioned in their local markets.

As noted earlier by the newly combined $43 billion U.S. retail juggernaut, each of the brands will have distinctive commercial strategies that are tailored to local markets with dedicated resources, including category merchandising, assortment, pricing, promotions, marketing and format teams. This brand-centric structure is expected to be completed by early 2018.

In addition, RBS, which was created in January 2017, will seek to leverage its scale to drive synergies and best practices as well as provide industry-leading expertise, insights and analytics to the Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands to support their respective strategies, including commercial and other support services.

Late last month, the companies of Ahold USA and Delhaize America made the following officer executive appointments involving its core five operating divisions:

At the Giant/Landover brand, Gordon Reid will continue as president. Reporting to him will be: Ira Kress, SVP of operations; Tonya Herring, SVP of merchandising; John MacDonald, VP of marketing; and Mark Adamcik, VP of strategy and planning.

Tom Lenkevich will continue as president of Giant/Martin’s. Reporting to him will be: John Ponnett Jr., SVP of operations; John Ruane, SVP of merchandising; Matt Simon, VP of marketing; and Manuel Haro, VP of strategy and planning.

Meg Ham will continue to lead Food Lion as president. Reporting to her will be: Greg Finchum, EVP of operations; Geoff Waldau, EVP of merchandising; Deborah Sabo, SVP of marketing; and Matt Yates, VP of strategy and planning.