Giant Eagle executive Shapira named visiting professor at Pitt business schools

Debra Erdley
| Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, 11:10 p.m.

Giant Eagle executive David Shapira, a longtime fixture in Pittsburgh business and philanthropic circles, has been named the Visiting H.J. Zoffer Chair in Leadership and Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh, Pitt officials announced Thursday.

Shapira, 74, joined Giant Eagle in 1970 after earning degrees at Oberlin College and Stanford University. In 1980, he was named president and CEO of the company that his grandfather and four other families founded decades earlier. He helped grow Giant Eagle from a regional chain of 50 grocery stores to a major industry player with more than 34,000 employees in more than 420 locations and annual revenues of $9.5 billion.

Today Shapira is executive chair of the board of directors at Giant Eagle.

Pitt officials said Shapira will focus on enhancing academic programs in leadership and ethics and engage with students at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the College of Business Administration in entrepreneurship, supply-chain management, and organizational behavior and human resources.

The Zoffer Chair is named to honor Dean Emeritus H.J. Zoffer, who was dean for more than 28 years and is still on the faculty.

“Mr. Shapira is uniquely qualified to offer expert guidance to our business students on leadership and ethics because he has decades of experience in building ethical organizations and leading philanthropic efforts. His appointment further solidifies our school's efforts to be a partner with the Pittsburgh business community,” said Arjang A. Assad, dean of the Katz graduate school.

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at 412-320-7996 or

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