Full Name
John Ruane
Job Title
The GIANT Company
Speaker Bio
"John Ruane is president of The GIANT Company, an omnichannel grocer known to customers as GIANT,
MARTIN’S, GIANT Heirloom Market, GIANT Direct and MARTIN’S Direct that has been proudly serving
families across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey since 1923. 
At The GIANT Company, Ruane leads a best-in-class team that is focused on developing and
implementing customer-centric strategies to ensure continued growth of the brand, while continuously
improving both the customers’ experience and value propositions.  
He began his grocery career at Foodtown in New Jersey at age 14 and continued working there through
college. In 1980 he joined Pathmark, working his way through roles of increasing responsibility from
part-time clerk to senior vice president of merchandising. Ruane joined the Ahold Delhaize family of
brands in 2011 as sales vice president of Stop & Shop – New York Division and then as senior vice
president of fresh for Ahold USA where he oversaw all fresh merchandising and supply chain operations
for more than 800 stores. He joined The GIANT Company in 2018 as senior vice president of
merchandising and named senior vice president of commercial in July 2022. Ruane was named interim
president in August 2022 and became president in July 2023. 
Ruane currently serves as chairman of FMI – The Food Industry Association’s Fresh Food Leadership
Committee and on the board of directors for Philabundance.
He attended Rutgers College and has completed post-graduate programs at Cornell University and
Harvard Business School."
John Ruane