Ahold USA is a very different company than it was a year ago. At its helm is supermarket-industry veteran Robert Tobin, 60, who became president and chief executive officer of Ahold USA last summer. In its sphere are two new companies: Giant Food, Landover, Md., which it acquired last October, and Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J., which it has an agreement to acquire. And still core to Ahold's game plan is a commitment to building synergies among its U.S. properties, only now that effort ...

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