A former executive of a pan-Asian retailer will become Giant Food's next president.
Gordon Reid, former group director for commercial services for Dairy Farm International, which runs more than 5,600 stores throughout Asia, will step in at Giant on Monday, Ahold USA, the parent of Landover-based Giant, said Friday.
Reid replaces former Giant president Anthony Hucker, who resigned in September after two years at the helm of the Baltimore area's biggest supermarket chain. Bhavdeep Singh, Ahold's executive vice president of operations, has served as interim president.
Reid will oversee sales, operating profits, organization and employees for the Landover chain. Giant runs 169 supermarkets with 20,000 employees in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington.
While with Dairy Farm International, Reid created the growth strategy for stores in China and Taiwan. The company operates supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores and home furnishing stores under brands such as 7-Eleven and IKEA.
Reid also has held management jobs at other large retailers, including Boots the Chemists, where he led retail and pharmacy operations for the United Kingdom pharmacy chain, and with grocer Tesco PLC. At Tesco, he directed operations in Central Europe and in Hungary and served in other executive roles in India and China.
"Gordon brings a wealth of experience to his new role at the helm of Giant Landover,” and will work to enhance Giant customers' shopping experience, said Ahold USA COO James McCann.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun