Giant Eagle has named Bill Artman CEO after Artman having been named interim CEO in March. During his nearly 40-year tenure with the company, Artman has served in various executive leadership roles, including president of Supermarkets, executive vice president and senior vice president retail operations.
“Bill already has made a tremendous impact in his interim role, giving the board confidence that he is the right leader to take Giant Eagle to new heights," said Bart Friedman, chair of the company’s board of directors.
Over the past five months, Artman has focused on putting the customer at the center of the company’s efforts, the company said in a statement. Recent and ongoing efforts include moving quickly to return a revamped weekly circular to mailboxes in Pittsburgh and Cleveland; the reintroduction of the Price Lock promotion to lock prices on more than 1,000 seasonally relevant products; Free Coffee Monday at GetGo; seasonally impactful fuel discounts; new and expanded personalized savings through the company’s myPerks loyalty platform; and the rollout of a new Team Member perks and discount program that is currently in pilot.
Executive leadership changes
Artman has also appointment of several executive leaders, including:
Terri Micklin has been promoted to Executive Vice President, President of GetGo. With more than two decades of retail, fuel and convenience industry expertise, Micklin brings a wealth of knowledge to this role, having recently served as Senior Vice President of Development & Strategy for GetGo. Her career includes experience with ExxonMobil Corporation and more than 20 years with Wawa, Inc. where she spearheaded numerous construction initiatives, including new stores, remodels, and other significant projects. Ms. Micklin will lead GetGo's ongoing growth and expansion, while prioritizing its food-first approach and guest-obsessed culture.
Jim Tsipakis, RPh., has been promoted to Executive Vice President, President of Supermarkets and Pharmacy. Most recently Mr. Tsipakis was Executive Vice President and President of Giant Eagle Pharmacy. In his new role, he will now oversee both the Supermarket and Pharmacy businesses for Giant Eagle. His expanded responsibilities will enable him to drive transformative strategies to create an exceptional and differentiated in-store experience for customers and continue to position Giant Eagle Pharmacy as a leading healthcare resource and destination. Mr. Tsipakis will lead several vital areas of the business including retail and pharmacy operations, supermarket merchandising, and the evolution of the supermarket service culture.
Dave Burnworth has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Most recently Mr. Burnworth was Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of the company. Mr. Burnworth’s outstanding financial acumen, coupled with his strategic vision, will further strengthen the company’s financial foundation and ensure its sustained growth in an ever-evolving market. In this role, Mr. Burnworth will play a pivotal role in driving financial performance and supporting strategic decision-making across the organization.
Graham Watkins has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Supply Chain Officer. Most recently Mr. Watkins was Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Transformation & Operations. Mr. Watkins will maintain responsibility for the company’s supply chain and warehouse operations, while also leading its information technology teams to advance the company’s numerous IT and technology initiatives that are underway.
Justin Weinstein has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. Most recently Mr. Weinstein was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Mr. Weinstein will play a leading role in defining Giant Eagle’s corporate and go-to-market strategy. He will continue to lead the organization’s strategic planning, analytics, digital, and partnerships functions, while serving as Chief of Staff to the CEO. In his expanded role, he also will oversee the company’s enterprise marketing, retail media network, and eCommerce strategy teams.