Giant Eagle names Laura Shapira Karet as CEO

Pittsburgh -- Giant Eagle announced that its Board of Directors has named Laura Shapira Karet to serve as the company's CEO, and John Lucot to serve as the company's president and COO, effective January 9, 2012.

Karet, 42, will succeed her father David Shapira, who will assume the position of executive chairman of Giant Eagle's Board of Directors.  Shapira has served the privately-held, family-owned company for 41 of its 80 year-history, and has been CEO since 1980.

"Laura has an extensive background in food retailing and manufacturing, both within and outside of Giant Eagle," said Shapira. "Her amiable and open style has won the respect of our 36,000 team members, customers, suppliers and business partners."