Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan Steps Down; Giant Food President Gordon Reid Steps Up
QUINCY, MA - Ahold Delhaize USA has revealed Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan will depart at the end of the year. Giant Food President Gordon Reid will assume the role as President of Stop & Shop in late July.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to lead the Stop & Shop brand,” said McGowan. “I’m grateful for our associates who are incredibly dedicated to serving our customers every day, and I’m extremely proud of all that we have accomplished together. As Stop & Shop embarks on the next phase of its transformation, now is the right time for me to make this change. I look forward to working closely with Gordon and the entire team to ensure a seamless transition.”
According to a press release, McGowan made the decision to stay with Stop & Shop through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition at the company’s request. In the upcoming weeks, Reid will start transitioning to the new role as he officially assumes the role in late July. SVP of Operations for Giant Food, Ira Kress, has been made interim President of Giant Food.
“Mark McGowan has had a tremendous impact for the Ahold Delhaize USA brands, as well as the communities they serve, and we thank him for his 30 years of tireless service,” said Kevin Holt, CEO of Ahold Delhaize USA. “Under his leadership, Stop & Shop has built a strong foundation for transformation and expanded success that continues through our ‘Reimagine Stop & Shop’ initiative. As Mark transitions, I have full confidence that Gordon Reid is the right leader to continue this transformation by repositioning the business for future success and rebuilding customer loyalty.”
In 2013, Reid joined Giant Food and currently serves as President of Giant Food, which has 165 stores in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Having served in a great deal of management roles at Boots, A.S. Watson Group, and The Dairy Farm Group before joining Giant Food, Reid has more than 35 years of international retail experience. He also serves as a member of the USO Washington-Baltimore Executive Board, Capital Area Food Bank Board and a member of the Partnership for a Healthier America.
Reid attended Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, U.K., and obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy and then went to Nottingham University Business School, also in the U.K. and earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
“We are excited for Gordon to join the Stop & Shop brand,” said Holt. “Gordon is an excellent leader of people, with a strong focus on serving customers, engaging associates, and supporting local communities. During his time at Giant Food, the brand has successfully grown sales and market share and has strong associate engagement results.”
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