CARLISLE, Pa., Dec. 13, 2018 – GIANT Food Stores today announced the promotion of Sepideh Burkett to vice president, store support. In this new role, she will be responsible for bringing the company’s strategic plans and customer-centric strategy to life across all stores, driving store performance and ensuring consistent communication between stores and support functions. She will report to John Ponnett, senior vice president of retail operations for GIANT Food Stores.

“A knowledgeable and passionate leader, Sepideh has made significant contributions to the success of our company, and we look forward to benefitting from her deep knowledge in her new role,” said Ponnett. “Her team and customers always come first, and she truly leads by example with her ‘can do attitude,’ inspiring those around her.”

With more than 25 years of experience in the supermarket and drugstore business, Burkett most recently served as district director overseeing GIANT stores in north central Pennsylvania. She joined GIANT in 2016 as director of special projects. Prior to her time at GIANT, she worked for Walmart in several leadership roles including market manager, regional health and wellness director, market health and wellness director and pharmacy manager.

Burkett, a licensed pharmacist, received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from University of Connecticut. She resides in State College, Pa. with her family.


About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ nearly 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. The GIANT Family of Brands includes GIANT, MARTIN'S Food Markets and Peapod by GIANT. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.

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