Ahold Delhaize USA has announced the appointment of Ira Kress as the president of Giant Food, effective immediately.
Most recently, Kress served as the interim president of the American supermarket chain.
Kevin Holt, president of Ahold Delhaize USA, commented, “He is an excellent leader, with a strong focus on serving customers, engaging associates and supporting local communities.
“During his role as interim president, Ira has continued to successfully grow sales, market share and build strong associate engagement during an unprecedented time for our industry.”
An Experienced Professional
He is an experienced professional who joined the company in 1984 in a store operations management role.
In due course, he held several leadership positions in Giant Food’s retail operations, human resources, training and labour relations divisions.
Kress also held a leadership role in the human resources department of Ahold USA, the company added.
Commenting on his appointment, Kress said, “It’s been an honour and privilege to lead Giant Food, especially during this time when our customers and communities have never needed us more.
“I’m honoured to continue in the role and am incredibly appreciative of our associates who serve our customers with excellence every day.”
He serves as a board member on Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Advisory Council and the Ahold Delhaize USA Family Foundation.
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