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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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