The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P, NYSE:GAP) yesterday announced that it has retained the executive search specialist Wesley, Brown & Bartle Company, Inc. (WB&B, New York) to augment its ongoing management recruitment efforts.

WB&B is recognized as one of the nation’s leading strategic sourcing firms, specializing in the identification and introduction of high-performance executive candidates from diverse backgrounds. Over the past 27 years, the firm has helped such companies as AT&T, Nortel Networks, Ameritech and Chevron expand their executive talent pools to include fully qualified women, former military personnel and persons of color.

According to Wesley Poriotis, Chief Executive Officer of WB&B, the company takes a unique “mentoring” approach, by counseling talented, potential candidates, and then introducing them to prospective employers prior to the actual availability of positions.

“This gives employers the opportunity to meet successful performers who might not be identified through traditional executive recruitment methods,” says Poriotis. “We encourage dialog and foster relationships, which develop into meaningful employment opportunities.”

Laurane Magliari, Senior Vice President of People Resources & Services for A&P, said, “Our company is deeply committed to building a management force that is both exceptionally talented and diverse in nature, to better reflect both the associates we employ, and the customers we serve.”

Founded in 1859, A&P was one of the nation’s first supermarket chains, and is today one of North America’s 10 largest. The Company operates in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada under the following trade names: A&P, Waldbaum’s, Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh, Farmer Jack, Kohl’s, Sav-A-Center, Dominion, The Barn Markets, Food Basics and Ultra Food & Drug.

Founded in 1973, Wesley, Brown & Bartle Company is a strategic sourcing and executive search firm with a broad-based national and international client and candidate network with specialization’s in diversity, women and military sourcing. Having achieved the highest level of corporate diversity placement in America, WB&B has search and sourcing capabilities with proven expertise in a wide range of management disciplines. Their systematic search process along with their unconditional guarantee of up to 2 years sets it apart from other executive recruiters and constitutes the WB&B advantage. Visit the website at: