US grocery retailer Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) has named a new chief operating officer as part of a series of organisational changes aimed at combining corporate and US operating management in a unified structure.

Brian Piwek will be promoted to president and chief operating officer of the company, reporting to Christian Haub, chairman and chief executive officer. Piwek joined A&P in 1997 as vice chairman of its Canadian unit, and became chief executive of A&P Canada in 2000. In 2002, he came to the US as president and chief executive officer of the company's previous US business unit.

The company also announced that Mitchell Goldstein, chief financial officer, will be promoted to executive vice president, reporting to Haub. Goldstein joined A&P in 2000 as senior vice president, finance and treasurer, and was appointed chief financial officer in 2002.