Accomplished industrial expert with two decades of service with Ahold Delhaize-UNITED STATES drive workforce development, training and culture
LANDOVER, MD., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Giant Food, the largest washington d.c. regional grocery chain, today announced that Brian Wander will join the company as Vice President of Human Resources effective May 9, 2022. In his new role, Wanner will be responsible for leading the end-to-end human resources functions, including leading the development and evolution of a human resources strategy that continues to foster a culture of inclusion, learning and of commitment.
Previously, Wanner served as Director of Talent and Culture for The GIANT Company, another Ahold Delhaize brand. Wanner’s two decades in office with Ahold Delhaize-UNITED STATES started in 2000 when he joined The GIANT Company as Assistant Store Manager. Throughout his tenure at Ahold Delhaize-UNITED STATES he held various positions of increasing responsibility in several functional areas, developing his expertise in the areas of learning and development, talent management, diversity, recruitment, supply chain and logistics , as well as innovation and deployment.
“Brian brings to Giant considerable knowledge of human resources and omnichannel retail through his many years of service in this industry,” said Ira Kress, President of Giant Foods. “His extensive management experience along with his passion for people-focused leadership makes him a much-appreciated and valued addition to our team to drive the strategy that underpins our employee value proposition.”
In Wanner’s most recent role at The GIANT Company, which he has held since 2019, his responsibility covered human resources strategy, talent management, organizational development, change management, engagement, training and talent development and acquisition. Wanner was instrumental in developing and delivering the brand’s robust learning platform, GIANT University, and as a member of the Brand Refresh team, he was instrumental in shaping a strategy to attract and retain talent. His work was key to The GIANT Company’s successful certification as a “Best Workplace” for two consecutive years.
“I am thrilled to join 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 Brian Wander. “I look forward to continuing to grow the excellent programs already in place at this company and leading new efforts that foster an exemplary positive culture for its associates.”
Wanner earned an associate’s degree from Central Penn College, a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College and his Masters in Strategic Leadership from Messiah University. Along with his 24-year-old wife, Kristie, and their two children, Wanner is looking forward to moving to the Baltimore/Washington DC region.
Wanner assumes new role following retirement of former vice president of human resources Robin Andersonafter 42 years of service at Giant Food.
About giant food
Since opening its first location over 85 years ago in washington d.c. in 1936, Giant is an integral part of the communities and customers it serves. Giant is committed to being a better neighbor and has designated four main giving pillars that address local food insecurity, military support, pediatric cancer research and social equality. Giant is headquartered in Landover, Maryland and operates 164 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delawareand the District of Colombia with approximately 20,000 associates. The 164 stores include 152 full-service pharmacies, 83 full-service PNC banks and 26 Starbucks locations. Giant accommodates all the ways today’s busy customers want to shop, whether in-store or online. With 159 Giant Pickup and Giant Delivers locations available across all of its markets, customers have even more convenient options at their fingertips to get the best products and prices, when and how they want. For more information about Giant, visit: www.giantfood.com.
SOURCE Giant Food