Delhaize Group appoints Frans Muller as CEO
(Thomson Reuters ONE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
- Frans Muller to succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers upon his retirement -
- Roland Smith resigns as CEO of Delhaize America -
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, September 4, 2013 - Delhaize Group (Euronext, Brussels: DELB,
NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announced today that it has
appointed Frans Muller as Chief Executive Officer, effective November 8, 2013.
Mr. Muller will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers, who will remain available to
advise the new CEO until year-end and continue to serve on the Board of
Directors in a non-executive capacity thereafter. In order to ensure a seamless
transition, Mr. Muller will join the company on October 14, 2013, prior to
assuming the role of CEO.
Frans Muller, 52, has more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in
retail and brings to Delhaize Group a strong track record of managing complex,
global organizations.Most recently, Mr. Muller served as Member of the
Management Board of Metro AG, an international retailing company, and CEO of
Metro Cash & Carry, with direct responsibility for approximately 740 stores in
29 countries and sales of €31.6 billion. His extensive operational experience,
from supply chain management to procurement, and proven ability to drive growth
will be critical to Delhaize Group's continued momentum.
Mats Jansson, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: "Frans has the right mix
of experience and skills to lead our company into the future and we are pleased
to welcome him to Delhaize Group. He brings a deep understanding of global food
retailing and we are impressed by his international perspective, operational
expertise, and proven ability to grow businesses."
Frans Muller said: "I am very enthusiastic to join Delhaize Group. The company
is on track with its strategic priorities for the year and is focused on the
areas that deliver the highest growth and returns. I am looking forward to
leading the company, working with the Executive Committee and 160,000 Delhaize
associates to build on the company's current momentum."
Pierre-Olivier Beckers said: "I am delighted to welcome Frans to the Group. He
has all the qualities to lead the company to the next level of its development
and I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition."
Delhaize Group also announced that Roland Smith is resigning today from his role
as CEO of Delhaize America but will be available as a senior advisor to the CEO
until the end of the year. Following Mr. Smith's departure, the company's U.S.
operations will report to the Delhaize Group CEO.
Mr. Beckers added: "Our U.S. business continues to deliver positive results and
we have a solid foundation upon which to build. There is a strong leadership
team in place and we look forward to further progress in the U.S. I want to
thank Roland for his significant contributions to the success of Delhaize
America, particularly the energy and focus he brought to the business. I am
pleased that he will be available as a senior advisor to the CEO until the end
of the year."
Biographical details for Frans Muller
2008-2013 CEO, METRO Cash & Carry
2006-2013 Member of the Management Board of METRO AG
2005-2008 CEO, METRO Group Buying
2004-2005 President, Asia Pacific and Russia/Ukraine, Metro Cash & Carry
2002-2004 Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Europe and Russia, Metro Cash
& Carry International
2002-2005 Member of the Executive Board of Directors, METRO Cash & Carry
1997-2002 Operations Director / Managing Director, Makro Cash & Carry
1988-1997 Different senior management positions at KLM Cargo
Education Master of Business Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
» Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in ten countries
on three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2013, Delhaize Group's
sales network consisted of 3 455 stores. In 2012, Delhaize Group posted €21.0
billion ($27.0 billion) in revenues and €104 million ($134 million) in net
profit (Group share). At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group employed approximately
158 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels
(DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).
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