Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, announced today that Ira Kress has been appointed president effectively immediately. Kress, who has served as interim president of Giant Food since July 2019, has been with Giant Food since 1984 and has more than 36 years of retail experience.
Kress stated, “It’s been an honor and privilege to lead Giant Food, especially during this time when our customers and communities have never needed us more. I’m honored to continue in the role and am incredibly appreciative of our associates who serve our customers with excellence every day. I look forward to continuing to grow the Giant Food brand in our communities.”
Kress started in store operations management and served in a variety of leadership roles in retail operations, human resources, training and labor relations. In addition, he held a leadership role in human resources at Ahold USA. Kress is active in the community and serves as a Board member on Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Advisory Council and the Ahold Delhaize USA Family Foundation.