A&P names COO as CEO

Montvale, N.J. -- The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) announced that company COO Paul Hertz has been appointed president and CEO, effective immediately. He succeeds Sam Martin. In January, A&P confirmed Martin’s departure.

Prior to joining A&P in 2010, Hertz served as executive VP of retail stores for OfficeMax, which he joined in 2007. He is a 27-year veteran of the retail industry, beginning his retailing career in 1987 as a manager with Fred Meyer, a division of Kroger. Previously, he held a variety of senior executive positions at Wild Oats Markets, Shopko Stores and Fred Meyer.

In addition, A&P announced that Christopher McGarry, former executive VP and general counsel, has been appointed chief administrative officer and Nirup Krishnamurthy, former CIO, will assume the additional role of chief strategy officer.

“I look forward to working with the board of directors and the talented associates of A&P in this new capacity. A&P is a valuable franchise and a cornerstone in the communities in which we operate. We will work hard to meet the needs of our customers today and in the future,” Hertz stated.

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