Ahold USA announced that Tom Lenkevich joined the Giant/Martin’s division as president, effective March 4, reporting to Bhavdeep Singh, executive vice president of operations for Ahold USA.
Singh recently served in the role of Giant/Martin’s division president on an interim basis following Rick Herring’s retirement. Lenkevich will manage all aspects of the division, with responsibility for Giant/Martin’s sales, operating profits, organization and people.
The Giant/Martin’s division, headquartered in Carlisle, PA, operates nearly 200 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia under the banners of Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets. The division employs approximately 31,000 associates.
Lenkevich comes to Giant/Martin’s with a strong record of retail experience, most recently with Save-A-Lot Food Stores as chief operating officer, senior vice president of retail operations. While at Save-A-Lot, he was responsible for all aspects of retail operations, merchandising/marketing and procurement for this national and international chain of corporate and licensed stores.
Lenkevich has held a number of leadership positions of progressive responsibility with other large retailers as well, including market director for Meijer Inc.; divisional vice president of operations and vice president, merchandising and sales for A&P as well as several other positions of leadership in functions across the retail business. He began his retail career working his way through college as a clerk at Pantry Pride in Central Pennsylvania.
“Tom’s decades of grocery experience combined with his central Pennsylvanian roots makes him a great addition to the Giant/Martin’s division and the Ahold USA leadership team,” James McCann, chief operating officer of Ahold USA, said in a press release. “In addition to leading the division, Tom will be driving activities to achieve sales results and working with the Giant/Martin’s team to preserve the heritage of the local brand while at the same time reshaping retail with a strong focus on reinvesting in value and quality, and offering customers an omnichannel shopping experience to meet their needs both today and in the future.”
Lenkevich was raised in New Cumberland, PA, and has strong ties to the area. He is also a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.