Giant Eagle Announces Artman as New CEO

Bill Artman has been named as the CEO of Giant Eagle after previously serving as interim CEO since March. With nearly four decades of experience within the company, Artman has held various executive positions, including president of Supermarkets, executive vice president, and senior vice president of retail operations. Bart Friedman, chair of the company’s board of directors, expressed confidence in Artman’s leadership, citing his significant impact during his interim tenure. Over the past five months, Artman has prioritized customer-centric efforts within the company. Initiatives have included revamping the weekly circular distribution, reintroducing the “price lock” promotion for over 1,000 seasonally relevant products, launching free coffee monday at GetGo, offering seasonally impactful fuel discounts, expanding personalized savings through the myPerks loyalty platform, and piloting a new team member perks and discount program. Additionally, Artman has made key executive leadership changes:

  • Terri Micklin, with extensive experience in the retail, fuel, and convenience industry, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and President of GetGo, focusing on growth and guest-oriented initiatives.
  • Jim Tsipakis, formerly the Executive Vice President and President of Giant Eagle Pharmacy, now oversees both the Supermarket and Pharmacy businesses, aiming to enhance the in-store customer experience and healthcare offerings.
  • Dave Burnworth, previously Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, is now the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, tasked with bolstering financial performance and strategic decision-making.
  • Graham Watkins, formerly responsible for Supply Chain Transformation & Operations, is now the Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Supply Chain Officer, overseeing supply chain operations and advancing technology initiatives.
  • Justin Weinstein, who was the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. In this role, he guides corporate and go-to-market strategy, strategic planning, analytics, digital efforts, and partnerships, among other responsibilities.

Founded in 1931 by five families, the first Giant Eagle supermarket opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the 1930s and 1940s, despite the challenges posed by the Great Depression and World War II, Giant Eagle experienced consistent growth across the Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Today, Giant Eagle operates a diverse portfolio of over 400 retail locations, varying in size from 120,000 square-foot supermarkets to smaller neighborhood markets and fuel and convenience locations.