Delhaize Group appoints Frans Muller as CEO

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 
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 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
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
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
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,
Metro Cash
& Carry International 
2002-2005         Member of the Executive Board of Directors, METRO
Cash & Carry
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,
Nationality         Dutch 
>> 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 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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