Delhaize Group : Maura Smith joining Delhaize Group as new General Counsel; Michael Waller retiring at the end of June as

Delhaize Group : Maura Smith joining Delhaize Group as new General Counsel; 
Michael Waller retiring at the end of June as planned 
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- (Marketwired) -- 05/02/13 --  Delhaize  Group 
is pleased to announce the
appointment  of  Ms.  Maura  Abeln  Smith 
as  Executive Vice President, General
Counsel and General Secretary
for Delhaize Group.  Ms. Smith, formerly Executive
Vice  President,
Government Affairs, General  Counsel, and Secretary of PepsiCo,
become  a  member  of  the  Delhaize  Group Executive Committee and
directly  to  Pierre-Olivier  Beckers,  CEO  of  Delhaize
Group.  She will start
effective  May 2, 2013 and  will lead  the
Group's  legal and government affairs
functions, succeeding Michael
Waller, who is retiring as scheduled. 
"Michael  will be  missed.  His  mastery of  the law,  impeccable
integrity, and skill  at simplifying complex  issues and identifying 
key strategic points, has made  him  a  trusted  advisor  to  both 
me  and  the  Delhaize  Group Board of Directors,"  said  Mr. 
Beckers.   "I  want  to  thank  him  for his
contributions and wish him well in this next chapter of
his life." 
"I  am very pleased to  have Maura join our  Group and our Executive
said  Mr. Beckers, "she brings deep legal and
governmental affairs experience, a global  perspective, and a wealth
of knowledge in business transformation to our Group." 
Ms. Smith brings more than 30 years of corporate legal experience to
the Group.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, she served International Paper as
the company's Senior
Vice  President,  General  Counsel,  Secretary 
and  head  of  Global Government
Relations.   During  her  eight-year
 tenure  there  she was instrumental in the company's  transformation
 into  a  global  leader  in  the  packaging and paper
helping to redeploy $11 billion of capital through a selective
of asset disposition and reinvestment. 
She  also spent  five years  at Owens  Corning where  she served  as
Senior Vice
President,  General Counsel and Secretary, and from 2000,
she was also appointed
Chief Restructuring Officer and a member of
the Board of Directors.  She advised
the  CEO and  Board in 
addressing the  legal and  financial implications of th
e company's 
asbestos litigation,  and led  the company's reorganization
Ms.  Smith also worked at  General Electric, in the  GE
Plastics Division, where
she  served as Vice President and General
Counsel for nearly seven years. Prior
to GE, she was a partner at the
international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. 
Ms.  Smith graduated from Vassar College, in  the United States, with
a Bachelor
of  Arts in Economics, earned with highest honors. She was
also one of the first
women  awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford
University, in the United Kingdom,
where she earned an M.Phil. in
economics.  She then earned her J. D. with honors
from University of
Miami School of Law. 
She and her family will be relocating to Brussels. 
Mr. Waller has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel
and Secretary
for the Company since 2001.  During his tenure with
Delhaize Group, he built the Group  Legal function  from scratch 
into the  integrated global  function it is today.  He will stay on
in his capacity as Executive Vice President of the Group
June 30 in order to  facilitate a smooth transition  for Ms. Smith
her new roles. 
>> Delhaize Group 
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in
ten countries
on  three  continents.  At  the  end  of  2012, Delhaize
 Group's  sales network
consisted  of 3 451 stores. In 2012, Delhaize
 Group posted EUR22.6 billion ($29.0
billion)  in  revenues  and 
EUR104  million  ($134  million) in net profit (Group
share).  At 
the  end  of  2012, Delhaize  Group employed approximately 158
people.  Delhaize Group's stock  is listed on  NYSE Euronext
Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG). 
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