A&P names Paul Hertz CEO

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has named company COO Paul Hertz as president and CEO, effective immediately.

Hertz succeeds Sam Martin. In January, A&P confirmed Martin’s departure. Martin, a former OfficeMax executive joined A&P as CEO in July 2010, succeeding Ron Marshall, who left the company after serving less than six months at the helm.

The company also announced that Christopher McGarry, former EVP and general counsel, has been appointed chief administrative officer and Nirup Krishnamurthy, former CIO, will assume the additional role of chief strategy officer. McGarry and Krishnamurthy, whose appointments are also effective immediately, will report to Hertz. Greg Mays will continue to serve as chairman.

“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.

Hertz 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.  Prior to joining A&P in 2010, Hertz was EVP of retail stores for OfficeMax, which he joined in 2007.

McGarry joined the company in 2006, overseeing the company’s legal, risk, human resources/labor and real estate functions. Prior to joining A&P, he was assistant general counsel and director of real estate at The Grand Union Co. McGarry also previously served as general counsel for Exel, a global logistics services provider.

Krishnamurthy has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, including background in driving large-scale business optimization and transformation efforts. Prior to joining A&P, Krishnamurthy served as the CIO at United Airlines and chief technology officer at Northern Trust Bank.


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