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Ahold USA said today that Robin Michel, president of the retail conglomerate’s Giant-Landover division, will leave the organization by the end of the year to pursue other opportunities. Don Sussman, Ahold USA’s EVP supply chain, will act as the interim head of the Landover, Md.-based division, until a successor is named.
“Robin has played an integral part in revitalizing the Giant-Landover business through several ambitious initiatives, including the implementation of the Value Improvement Program (VIP) and Project Refresh to renovate 100 aging stores across the chain,“ noted Carl Schlicker, CEO of Ahold USA Retail. “We wish her the very best in the future, and thank her for her dedication to our customers and our business.”
Michel joined Giant-Landover in spring 2008 and during her tenure at the division was named a Top Woman in Grocery in 2009 by Progressive Grocer.
Giant-Landover operates 180 stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, employing about 23,000 associates. Part of Ahold, a Netherlands-based international food retailing group, Ahold USA supports four divisions operating nearly 750 supermarkets in 13 states and the District of Columbia: Stop & Shop New York Metro, Stop & Shop New England, Giant-Landover, and Giant-Carlisle. Ahold USA also runs Peapod, an online grocery shopping and delivery service.