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Giant Food Names Brian Wanner as Vice President of Human Resources; Ira Kress Comments

Giant Food Names Brian Wanner as Vice President of Human Resources; Ira Kress Comments

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Bolstering not only its leadership team, but its workforce strategy, Ahold Delhaize brand Giant Food has appointed Brian Wanner as its newest executive. Stepping in as Vice President of Human Resources, he will officially take over the position effective May 9, 2022.

Brian Wanner, Incoming Vice President of Human Resources, Giant Food“I’m energized to be joining the Giant Food team to deploy both my passion and experience in this industry to a brand with such a positive reputation both inside and out,” said Wanner. “I look forward to continuing to further the growth of the excellent programs already in place at this company, as well as leading new efforts that encourage an exemplary, positive culture for its associates.”

The retail pro began his two-decade tenure with Ahold Delhaize-USA in 2000 when he joined The GIANT Company as an Assistant Store Manager. From there, he took on a variety of positions of increasing responsibility across multiple functional areas within the Ahold Delhaize-USA family, building his expertise across learning and development, talent management, diversity, recruitment, supply chain and logistics, and innovation and deployment before landing as the Director of Talent and Culture for GIANT in 2019.

Robin Anderson, Retiring Vice President of Human Resources, Giant FoodGiant Food revealed Wanner will be assuming his new role as Vice President from Robin Anderson. Anderson has announced she will be retiring from her position as the Vice President of Human Resources for Giant Food. According to the retailer’s press release, Anderson has dedicated 42 years of service to Giant Food.

In his new role, Wanner will be responsible for leading end-to-end human resources functions, including spearheading the development and evolution of a human resources strategy that continues to foster a culture of inclusion, learning, and engagement.

Ira Kress, President, Giant Food“Brian brings tremendous knowledge for both HR and omnichannel retail to Giant thanks to his many years of service in this industry,” said Ira Kress, President. “His depth of experience in management as well as his passion for people-oriented leadership make him a highly welcomed and valued addition to our team to drive the strategy behind our employee value proposition.”

Wanner was instrumental in developing and bringing to life the brand’s robust learning platform, GIANT University, in his previous position. As a member of the Brand Refresh team, noted the release, he played a vital role in developing strategy for attracting and retaining talent. Wanner’s work was key to The GIANT Company’s successful certification as a ‘Best Place to Work’ for two consecutive years.

Giant Food recently named Brian Wanner its latest Vice President of Human Resources as Robin Anderson prepares for retirement after 42 years of service

He earned an associate degree at Central Penn College, a bachelor’s degree at Elizabethtown College, and his master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Messiah University. Along with his wife of 24 years, Kristie, and their two children, Wanner looks forward to relocating to the Baltimore/Washington, DC, area.

How will Wanner’s experience help evolve Giant Foods’ workforce? Stay tuned to Deli Market News for answers.

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