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Senior Management Shuffling at A&P

MONTVALE, N.J. -- The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., Inc.'s realignment continues have to impacts in the senior executive suite. The chain yesterday said it made the following high-level appointments, each reporting to Eric Claus, president & c.e.o.

-- John Metzger was appointed to the new position of e.v.p. Since joining A&P in 1999, Metzger has directed A&P's supply and logistics and information technology functions, and directed the completion of the company's enterprise-wide systems infrastructure initiative. In addition to directing those functions, he now assumes responsibility for real estate, design, and construction, and will assist Claus in the general administrative management, the company said.

-- Brenda Galgano was promoted to s.v.p. and c.f.o. Galgano joined A&P in 1999 as director of corporate accounting, and later served as assistant corporate controller. She was named corporate controller in 2002, and became s.v.p. in 2004. As c.f.o., she succeeds Mitchell P. Goldstein, who will leave the company following a transition period.

"Over the past six years, Mitch Goldstein has been a pivotal driver of the financial and strategic initiatives that have secured our company, and provided the strong financial platform underpinning our future development," said Claus. "Brenda Galgano's financial expertise and leadership skills are well known both inside and outside the company."

-- Allan Richards was appointed s.v.p. of human resources, labor relations, and legal services. Richards joined A&P in 2004 as s.v.p. of labor relations, and later assumed direction of the company's human resources department, directing the integration of both functions to support both union and non-union employees. An experienced labor relations and employment law executive, he now adds direction of legal services to those responsibilities.

-- Stephen Slade has been named s.v.p. of merchandising. Slade joined A&P in 2004 as head of the A&P operations in New York and New Jersey, and later assumed direction of all company fresh store operations. In assuming the merchandising role, he succeeds Bob Panasuk, who has left the company

-- Paul Wiseman has been tapped to be s.v.p. of operations, effective September 12, succeeding Slade in that role. Wiseman joined A&P Canada in 2004 as s.v.p. of discount operations, where he led the reorganization and turnaround of the Canadian Food Basics chain. He was previously with Co-Op Atlantic, a successful food and general merchandise operator based in New Brunswick, Canada, where he was most recently v.p. of retail operations.

"This is a talented and dedicated team that is focused on improving our company's results," said Claus. "I look forward to working with them to align the organization to the current scope and needs of our business, and implement a pragmatic business plan that will expedite A&P's return to profitability."
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