Laura Shapira Karet succeeds her father at Giant Eagle

Laura Shapira Karet has been named CEO of grocery chain Giant Eagle Inc., the Pittsburgh Business Times reported. She succeeds her father, David Shapira, who had been CEO since 1980. David Shapira will become chairman of the board.

Karet previously was the company's chief merchandising officer and had also served as senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer. From 1997 to 2000 she worked at Sara Lee in several marketing executive positions. From 1990 to 1997, she served in brand management roles at Procter & Gamble, the journal article said.

Giant Eagle operates stores in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia and western Maryland. The company was founded when the Goldstein/Shapira, Porter and Chait families, who operated Eagle Grocery, joined with the Moravitz and Weizenbaum families, who operated OK Grocery. The first Giant Eagle supermarket opened in 1936. (Source: Pittsburgh Business Times, Nov. 16, 2011.)