The Giant Co. president leaving grocery chain after 9 years

Nicholas Bertram, president of The Giant Co., will leave the organization effective Aug. 31.

The announcement of Bertram’s departure was made Wednesday by Giant parent company Ahold Delhaize USA, which said Bertram is leaving to pursue new opportunities. John Ruane has been appointed interim president.

“We have been fortunate to have Nick lead The Giant Co. during his nine-year tenure,” Kevin Holt, president, Ahold Delhaize USA, said in the announcement. “His leadership has inspired very strong performance by the team. The Giant Co. has achieved a great deal of success, with growth in its local markets, innovation in operations and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as health and sustainability.” Holt added he remains “confident in the continued momentum of the brand.”

Bertram said it has been an “honor” to lead Giant to be designed for the way “families live now.”

“I am excited about the growing momentum of our purpose-led teammates. That, along with the strength of our leadership team, makes now the most natural time for me to step away,” Bertram said in a statement. “I have great confidence in John and believe that The Giant Company’s best days are still to come.”

JOHN RUANE

Ruane will serve as interim president until a successor is named. He is currently senior vice president and chief commercial officer for The Giant Co., where he has led the merchandising and marketing teams to develop and implement customer-centric strategies that support the continued growth of the brand, while also improving customers’ experience and the overall value proposition.

Ruane started his career in the grocery industry at age 14 at Foodtown in New Jersey where he worked through college. He later joined Pathmark and held positions of increasing responsibility at retail and in merchandising, before joining Ahold Delhaize USA companies in 2011 and The Giant Co. in 2018.

“I’m honored to serve as interim president. I look forward to continuing to serve our customers and communities and delivering on our purpose and passion of meeting today’s customers’ needs,” Ruane said in a statement.

Ruane currently serves as chairman 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.

The Giant Co. is headquartered in Carlisle, operates 192 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey and has more than 35,000 associates.

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