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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 - Sep 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 EUR31.6 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 & Carry International

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 International

1997-2002 Operations Director / Managing Director, Makro Cash & Carry Netherlands

1988-1997 Different senior management positions at KLM Cargo

Education Master of Business Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

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 158 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

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