Ahold Delhaize USA Officially Names John Ruane as President of The GIANT Company; JJ Fleeman Comments
SALISBURY, NC - It was recently announced by Ahold Delhaize USA that John Ruane has graduated from interim President to President of The GIANT Company. In this role, he will help support the continued growth of the omnichannel retailer.
“I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as President of The GIANT Company,” Ruane said. “Guided by our purpose of connecting families for a better future in all that we do, I’m looking forward to building on The GIANT Company’s incredible legacy and working with our entire team to do what we do best: ensuring we are always well-positioned to not only meet but exceed the needs of our customers and communities who’ve trusted us for the past century.”
Before becoming interim President, Ruane was Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for The GIANT Company. According to a release, he led the merchandising and marketing teams to develop and implement customer-centric strategies while improving the shopper experience and the company’s overall value proposition.
Ruane began his grocery career at 14 at Foodtown in New Jersey, where he worked through college. Later, he joined Pathmark and held positions of increasing responsibility at retail and merchandising before joining Ahold Delhaize USA companies in 2011. He joined The GIANT Company in 2018.
During his career, Ruane has been an industry and community supporter. He serves as Chair of FMI’s Fresh Food Leadership Committee and on the Board of Directors at Philabundance, one of the largest hunger relief organizations serving the Philadelphia area.
He attended Rutgers College and has completed post-graduate programs at Cornell University and Harvard Business School.
“We have been fortunate to have John lead The GIANT Company as interim President during a time of transition, and we are excited about this next step in his career,” said JJ Fleeman, Chief Executive Officer, Ahold Delhaize USA. “He has led the team during a very important time in the company’s history as it celebrates its 100-year anniversary this fall. John is a leader who cares deeply about his team and serving customers. He will continue to drive strong performance and advance many of the hallmarks of The GIANT Company brand, including growth in its local markets, innovation in operations, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as health and sustainability.”
Best wishes to John Ruane as he officially takes on this new role!