Stop & Shop to get new leader

Ahold Delhaize USA announced leadership changes at two of its banners.

Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop, has made the decision to leave the company. McGowan, who will remain with Stop & Shop to ensure a seamless transition, will be succeeded by Gordon Reid, currently president of Giant Food. Reil will begin transitioning to his new role in the coming weeks, and officially assume the role in late July.

In other changes, Ira Kress, senior VP, operations for Giant Food, has been appointed as interim president, Giant Food, which has 165 stores in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

“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.”

Reid joined Giant Food in 2013 and has more than 35 years of international retail experience, having served in a variety of management roles at Tesco, Boots, A.S. Watson Group and The Dairy Farm Group before joining Giant Food.