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Giant Food Appoints New SVP of Operations

Specialty Food Association

Diane Hicks will join Giant Food as SVP of operations, effective mid-September of this year. Hicks will be responsible for strategic leadership, development, and execution of the grocer’s growth drivers.

Hicks returns to Giant Food with over 30 years experience working across Ahold Delhaize’s brands, the grocer’s parent company. Her most recent position was VP of operations at Stop & Shop, another Ahold Delhaize brand. In this position, she focused on leadership, operations excellence, creating a positive culture, profit and loss responsibility, and more.

Hicks worked at Giant Food for 12 years before moving to other parent company brands.

"The entire Giant Food family is thrilled to welcome Diane back to our team," said Ira Kress, president, in a statement. "She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in omnichannel store operations, and we look forward to the leadership and growth she will bring to the Giant Food brand in this role."

Hicks has worked in many positions in retail, including assistant store manager, store manager, sales manager, HR manager, district director, director of produce/floral sales and merchandising, director of center store sales and merchandising, and VP of sales and merchandising. She will leverage this experience in her new role.

"I am energized to be returning to my roots at Giant Food to support the continued growth of this beloved local brand. I am confident I can build on the positive momentum and introduce new strategies to support omnichannel operations and development to make this the best place to work and shop," said Hicks in a statement. "I've felt at home in the Ahold Delhaize family and look forward to all that is to come in my new role."

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