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Tracy Pawelski


Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States  Ahold USA today announced that Rick Herring has been appointed Division President of Giant Carlisle, based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Giant Carlisle operates 152 stores in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia under the names of Giant Food Stores, Martin's Food Markets and Giant To Go.

Herring will report to Carl Schlicker, CEO of Ahold USA Retail. He succeeds Sander van der Laan who has been appointed General Manager of Albert Heijn in the Netherlands. A Dutch national, Van der Laan has served as President and CEO of Giant Carlisle since July 2008.

A twenty year veteran of Giant Carlisle, Herring served most recently as Executive Vice President of Finance and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2003. He has also been instrumental in the organization of Ahold Financial Services, Ahold USA's shared financial service center located in Carlisle, PA.

Herring has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Albright College and a Masters in Business Administration/Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Commenting on his appointment, Carl Schlicker, CEO of Ahold USA Retail, said today, "Rick has the experience and character to assure a steady hand at the helm of Giant Carlisle. He has demonstrated superb leadership skills throughout his 20 year career at Giant and I am confident he will build on Giant's successful heritage into the future."

Media Inquiries: Tracy Pawelski at 717 240 1513

Ahold USA is part of Ahold, a Dutch-based international food retailing group that operates quality supermarkets in the United States and Europe. Ahold USA is comprised of four divisions operating more than 700 supermarkets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. These divisions are Stop & Shop/Metro NY, Stop & Shop/New England, Giant Landover, and Giant Carlisle. In addition, Ahold USA operates Peapod, an online grocery shopping and delivery service.

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