After growing through the acquisition of erstwhile SuperValu-owned Shop ’n Save stores, as reported by our sister publication in November, the banner Giant Food Stores is making headlines again. Last week, Giant Food Stores announced the promotion of Sepideh Burkett to the role of Vice President, Store Support—growing its leadership team as it expands across the Northeast.
According to a press release, Burkett brings approximately 25 years of experience in the supermarket and drugstore business to her new role. Burkett first joined Giant in 2016 as Director of Special Projects and, most recently, served as District Director overseeing Giant stores in north-central Pennsylvania. Priorly, Burkett held several leadership roles with Walmart including Market Manager, Regional Health and Wellness Director, Market Health and Wellness Director, and Pharmacy Manager.
In this new role, Burkett will be responsible for bringing the company’s strategic plans and customer-centric strategy to fruition, driving store performance, and ensuring consistent communication between stores and support functions. She will report to John Ponnett, Senior Vice President of Retail Operations.
“A knowledgeable and passionate leader, Sepideh has made significant contributions to the success of our company, and we look forward to benefitting from her deep knowledge in her new role,” said Ponnett. “Her team and customers always come first, and she truly leads by example with her ‘can do attitude,’ inspiring those around her.”
Additionally, Burkett is a licensed pharmacist. She received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from University of Connecticut and resides in State College, PA, with her family.
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