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AMSTERDAM -- Ahold said Giant-Carlisle/Tops c.e.o. Tony Schiano is retiring after 34 years with the retail conglomerate, and it named Carl Schlicker, who has served as Giant-Carlisle/Tops' e.v.p. sales and marketing since 2000, to replace Schiano in the position effective Feb. 1.
In his new position Schlicker will report directly to Lawrence Benjamin, c.o.o. of Ahold's U.S. operations. Schiano will stay on at Giant-Carlisle/Tops until March 15, to ensure a smooth transition, the company said.
"Carl's broad experience and proven ability to deliver results position him especially well to lead the team at Giant-Carlisle/Tops," said Ahold president and c.e.o. Anders Moberg in a statement.
In 1986, Schlicker joined First National Supermarkets (later part of Edwards Food Stores), after stints at Acme and Pathmark. Over 20 years he has worked at several Ahold companies in a wide range of operational and commercial roles.
Schiano had held a number of senior executive positions at current and former Ahold companies, among them Stop & Shop, Bi-Lo, and Edwards Super Food Stores, before rising to president and c.e.o. of Giant-Carlisle in 1997, and then taking on responsibility for Tops Markets in 2003.
"Tony leaves a great legacy of leadership," said Moberg. "During his 10 years as c.e.o. of Giant-Carlisle, he and the team doubled the number of stores and delivered 10 years of identical sales growth there."
Schiano, the son of a Stop & Shop store manager and one of only five men to hold the c.e.o. position in Giant-Carlisle's 84-year history, presided over the doubling of Giant's store portfolio to 143, and the near tripling of its sales and operating earnings.
Additional highlights of Schiano's tenure include the introduction of Giant's BonusCard in 2000, the construction of 50 gas stations across the Giant chain, and the acquisition of 14 Clemens Markets in Greater Philadelphia and their successful conversion to Giant locations.
In other Ahold news, the company said yesterday it would sell 10 of its Albert Heijn supermarkets in the Netherlands, according to a published report. Five of the stores are to be sold at the behest the Dutch Market Competition Authority, in the wake of the banner's earlier acquisition of a number Konmar supermarkets, and the remaining five are to be sold because of a relocation. Ahold didn't disclose financial details