CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold yesterday said said it has named Rick Herring division president of its Giant of Carlisle chain, based here. Herring is a 20-year veteran of the EDLP banner and most recently had been executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer. He succeeds Sander van der Laan, who has been president and chief executive officer of the 152-store chain since July of last year.
As previously reported, van der Laan is returning to the Netherlands to become general manager of Ahold's Albert Heijn banner, effective January 2010. Herring will report to Carl Schlicker, CEO of Ahold USA Retail and himself a former CEO of Giant-Carlisle.
"Rick has the experience and character to assure a steady hand at the helm of Giant Carlisle," Schlicker said in a prepared statement yesterday. "He has demonstrated superb leadership skills throughout his 20-year career at Giant, and I am confident he will build on Giant's successful heritage into the future."
Herring has also been instrumental in the organization of Ahold Financial Services, Ahold USA's shared financial service center located in Carlisle, the company said.
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