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 -- (Marketwired) -- 09/04/13 -- 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
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 EUR31.6 billion. His extensive operational
from supply chain management to procurement, and proven
ability to drive growth
will be critical to Delhaize Group's
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
and proven ability to grow businesses."
Frans Muller said: "I am very enthusiastic to join Delhaize Group.
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
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,
& Carry International
2002-2005 Member of the Executive Board of Directors, METRO
Cash & Carry
1997-2002 Operations Director / Managing Director, Makro Cash
1988-1997 Different senior management positions at KLM Cargo
Education Master of Business Economics, Erasmus University,
>> Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in
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 EUR21.0
billion ($27.0 billion) in
revenues and EUR104 million ($134 million) in net profit (Group
share). At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group employed approximately
000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on NYSE Euronext
(DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).
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