Thanksgiving may be in the rearview window, but executives at The GIANT Company have much to look forward to in the road ahead. Today, two executives stepped into new roles with the retailer. Brian Lorenz joins as Vice President of Omnichannel Fresh Merchandising and Kathy Sweigert joins as VP of the Mid-Atlantic division.
Lorenz will lead omnichannel fresh merchandising, including the produce/floral, meat/seafood, and deli/bakery departments. He joined The GIANT Company in 2014 as District Director, according to a press release. He has held a variety of positions across the Ahold Delhaize USA family of companies including Portfolio Lead. Prior to joining The GIANT Company, he held a variety of positions at Walmart and Tops Friendly Markets.
In 2023, Lorenz received the company’s highest honor, the Presidents’ Award, for consistently delivering exceptional performance, contributing to the organization’s success in countless ways.
Sweigert will oversee retail operations at 100 GIANT and MARTIN’S stores across Central and Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Sweigert has been a team member since 2000 and has held several roles with the company, from an entry-level, part-time position to Store Manager and Regional Director. Most recently, she served as Director of Human Resources, a position she has held since May 2022.
In 2018, Sweigert was honored as the FMI – Food Industry Association Store Manager of the Year and by the YWCA of Harrisburg as a “Woman of Excellence,” for her professional and philanthropic contributions to the Capital Region in 2017. She previously served as the Executive Advisor for The GIANT Company’s CARE business resource group and is also a member of the company’s LINC business resource group.
Lorenz will report to John Ruane, President, while Sweigert will report directly to Dave Lessard, Senior Vice President of Operations, Customer Experience, and Perishable Distribution.
“Brian and Kathy bring vast experience to our business, with more than 40 years of retail grocery experience between them, and have a strong understanding and appreciation of the needs of our team, customers, and the communities we serve,” said Ruane. “I am excited to see them grow in their new roles and continue to contribute to The GIANT Company in meaningful ways.”
Congratulations to these newly named leaders!