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Giant Eagle names interim CEO following departure

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Giant Eagle BB #:104280, Pittsburgh, PA, has appointed Bill Artman as interim CEO following the departure of Laura Karet, who held the role for 11 years.

According to the retailer, Artman has worked at Giant Eagle team for nearly 40 years, beginning as a bagger and working his way up through the company, becoming president of supermarkets, overseeing supply chain operations, retail innovation, real estate and construction, retail operations, merchandising, independent retailing/non-banner, and culinary operations, in 2021.

Giant Eagle operates 470 stores throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.

Karet released the following statement March 21:

“After much consideration, I’ve decided to move on to the next chapter of my life and leave Giant Eagle.

My tenure at Giant Eagle has been incredibly rewarding, and I have been privileged to guide the organization through intricate challenges and unprecedented achievements. I am immensely proud of my colleagues and our collective efforts, which, thanks to our talent and tenacity, have allowed Giant Eagle to not only persevere but also flourish in recent years. Today, Giant Eagle boasts $11.5 billion in sales and operates nearly 500 stores.

Our team consistently works to provide top-quality products and services to our customers and endeavors to make a positive impact on our communities. It has been an honor to contribute to this mission, and as I look ahead to my next chapter, I will be taking some much-needed time with my family.

I would like to express my gratitude to all our Team Members for your unwavering commitment to our communities and for embodying the spirit of teamwork. I take great pride in what we have accomplished together.”

Greg Johnson is Vice President of Media for Blue Book Services