Delhaize Group : Delhaize Group appoints Frans Muller as CEO
- 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 &
2002-2004 Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Europe and Russia, Metro
Cash & Carry International
2002-2005 Member of the Executive Board of Directors, METRO Cash &
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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