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

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

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 2  May 2013 --  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, will become a member of the Delhaize Group Executive Committee and
report 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  significant 
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  Committee," 
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 industry, helping to redeploy $11 billion of capital through a selective
mixture 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  the  company's asbestos  litigation,  and led  the  company's 
reorganization efforts. 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 through  June  30 in  order  to facilitate  a  smooth 
transition for Ms. Smith into 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  €22.6 
billion ($29.0 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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