Ahold’s Giant-Carlisle division on Monday named Tom Lenkevich as its new president, succeeding Bhavdeep Singh, who served as interim president following Rick Herring’s retirement.
Lenkevich, who most recently served as chief operating officer and senior vice president of retail operations for Supervalu’s Save-A-Lot division, will manage all aspects of the division, with responsibility for Giant and Martin’s sales, operating profits, organization and people. He will report to Singh, who serves as executive vice president, operations for Giant’s parent, Ahold USA.
While at Save-A- Lot, Lenkevich was responsible for all aspects of retail operations, merchandising, marketing and procurement. Lenkevich has held a number of leadership positions of progressive responsibility with other large retailers as well, including: market director for Meijer; divisional vice president of operations and vice president, merchandising and sales for A&P; as well as several other positions of leadership in functions across the retail business. He began his retail career working his way through college as a clerk at Pantry Pride in Central Pennsylvania.
“Tom’s decades of grocery experience combined with his Central Pennsylvanian roots makes him a great addition to the Giant/Martin’s division and the Ahold USA leadership team,” James McCann, COO, Ahold USA, said in a statement. “In addition to leading the division, Tom will be driving activities to achieve sales results and working with the Giant/Martin’s team to preserve the heritage of the local brand while at the same time reshaping retail with a strong focus on reinvesting in value and quality, and offering customers an omnichannel shopping experience to meet their needs both today and in the future.”
Lenkevich was raised in New Cumberland, Pa., and has strong ties to the area. He is a graduate of Penn State.
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