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Laura Karet

President and Chief Executive Officer

Giant Eagle, Inc.

Leadership in the Nation’s Interest Award

Laura Karet leads and oversees Giant Eagle, Inc., one of the nation’s largest multi-format food, fuel and pharmacy retailers with approximately 32,000 Team Members and $8.9 billion in annual sales.  Karet was appointed Chief Executive Officer on January 9, 2012. 

Giant Eagle is one of Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations.  Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with more than 410 corporate and independently-owned and operated supermarkets and fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia, western Maryland and Indiana.

Prior to leading the company’s day-to-day operations, Karet served as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Executive Vice President.  In that role, Karet developed and managed Giant Eagle’s short and long-term strategic business plans, set the direction for the Company’s corporate priorities and was also directly responsible for the manufacturing ventures, including its fresh food production facilities. 

Karet joined Giant Eagle in 2000 as Vice President of Marketing, and was later promoted to Sr. Vice President of Marketing and President of New Formats. During that time, Karet led the development, branding and implementation efforts behind the launch of the new innovative Market District format in 2006.

Prior to joining Giant Eagle, Karet held marketing executive positions at Sara Lee from 1997 to 2000, including Director of Branded Marketing for the bakery division.  Karet also served in several brand management roles at Procter and Gamble from 1990 to 1997 for household name products such as Crisco shortening, Folgers coffee, Giorgio Beverly Hills fragrances and Secret antiperspirant.

Karet is currently an active member on the board of directors for various organizations, some of which include: The Allegheny Conference on Community Development; United Way of Allegheny County; the Allegheny County Parks Foundation; and Holy Family Institute.

A native of Pittsburgh, Karet graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and now resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and three children.

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