The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company has appointed Paul Hertz to the role of executive vice president of operations.

Hertz succeeds Mark Kramer, who has left the company to pursue other interests, the firm said yesterday (18 August).

Prior to joining A&P, Hertz was executive vice president of retail stores for OfficeMax. Previous to that, he served as senior vice president of store operations.

“An important part of our turnaround is building a dynamic executive management team with the skills and expertise necessary to lead our company to excellence. With his high-level skillset and vast experience, Paul not only believes excellence can be achieved, but he is also able to illuminate the path to it,” said Christian Haub, executive chairman of A&P.

A&P last month named its second chief executive in six months after appointing former OfficeMax executive Sam Martin to replace Ron Marshall.