BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - Sep 4, 2013) - Delhaize Group (Euronext, Brussels: DELB,NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announced today thatit hasappointed Frans Muller as Chief Executive Officer, effective November 8,2013. Mr. Muller will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers, who will remain availableto advise the new CEO until year-end and continue to serve on the Board ofDirectors in a non-executive capacity thereafter. In order to ensure aseamless transition, Mr. Muller will join the company on October 14, 2013, priorto assuming the role of CEO.
Frans Muller, 52, has more than 15 years of senior leadershipexperience inretail and brings to Delhaize Group a strong track record of managingcomplex,global organizations.Most recently, Mr. Muller served as Member oftheManagement Board of Metro AG, an international retailing company, andCEO ofMetro Cash & Carry, with direct responsibility for approximately 740stores in29 countries and sales of EUR31.6 billion. His extensive operationalexperience,from supply chain management to procurement, and proven ability to drivegrowthwill be critical to Delhaize Group's continued momentum.
Mats Jansson, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: "Frans has theright mixof experience and skills to lead our company into the future and we arepleasedto welcome him to Delhaize Group. He brings a deep understanding of globalfoodretailing and we are impressed by his international perspective,operationalexpertise, and proven ability to grow businesses."
Frans Muller said: "I am very enthusiastic to join Delhaize Group. Thecompanyis on track with its strategic priorities for the year and is focusedon theareas that deliver the highest growth and returns. I am lookingforward toleading the company, working with the Executive Committee and 160,000Delhaizeassociates to build on the company's current momentum."
Pierre-Olivier Beckers said: "I am delighted to welcome Frans to theGroup. Hehas all the qualities to lead the company to the next level of itsdevelopmentand I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition."
Delhaize Group also announced that Roland Smith is resigning today from hisroleas CEO of Delhaize America but will be available as a senior advisor tothe CEOuntil the end of the year. Following Mr. Smith's departure, the company'sU.S.operations will report to the Delhaize Group CEO.
Mr. Beckers added: "Our U.S. business continues to deliver positiveresults andwe have a solid foundation upon which to build. There is a strongleadershipteam in place and we look forward to further progress in the U.S. Iwant tothank Roland for his significant contributions to the success ofDelhaizeAmerica, particularly the energy and focus he brought to the business.I ampleased that he will be available as a senior advisor to the CEO untilthe endof the year."
Biographical details for Frans Muller2008-2013 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 &CarryInternational
2002-2004 Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Europe and Russia, MetroCash& Carry International
2002-2005 Member of the Executive Board of Directors, METRO Cash &CarryInternational
1997-2002 Operations Director / Managing Director, Makro Cash &CarryNetherlands
1988-1997 Different senior management positions at KLM Cargo
Education Master of Business Economics, Erasmus University,Rotterdam(Netherlands)
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Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in tencountrieson three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2013, DelhaizeGroup'ssales network consisted of 3 455 stores. In 2012, Delhaize Group postedEUR21.0billion ($27.0 billion) in revenues and EUR104 million ($134 million)in netprofit (Group share). At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group employedapproximately158 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on NYSE EuronextBrussels(DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).
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