Giant Eagle separates with chief executive officer after 11 years, appoints new interim CEO

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle has appointed Bill Artman as the company’s new interim chief executive officer.

Artman will step into the role of former CEO Laura Karet, who the board “determined to separate pursuant to her contract.”

Karet was CEO of Giant Eagle for 11 years.

According to a news release from the company, Artman has been with the company for nearly 40 years.

He most recently served as president of supermarkets and oversaw supply chain operations, retail innovation, real estate and construction, retail operations, merchandising and more.

The company has also appointed current Lead Independent Director Bart Friedman as chair of the board.

“We are pleased to welcome Bill into this new role,” said Friedman. “Bill has been a valued member of the Giant Eagle team for nearly 40 years, and we are more than confident he is the right leader for the next phase of this storied company.”

Friedman went on to add that Artman began his career at Giant Eagle bagging groceries as a customer service clerk.

“It is a privilege to continue to work with the talented team at Giant Eagle and I look forward to get started in this new role,” said Artman. “My main focus is and always has been continuing to support the great team at Giant Eagle, and delivering for our customers and the places where we live and work. Giant Eagle was built on a foundation of passion, hard work, innovation and competitive spirit and I’m proud to continue that legacy.”

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