Maple Leaf Foods is buffing up its financial team after appointing Geert Verellen as its new Chief Financial Officer. Verellen will assume his new position on January 6, 2020, succeeding Debbie Simpson, who served as the meat provider’s CFO since 2014 and left on November 1.
"Geert's breadth of financial knowledge and his extensive food retailing experience will be an important asset to Maple Leaf Foods," said Michael McCain, President and CEO. "His proven capabilities in communicating finance to analysts, investors, and the public will help us articulate our vision and strategy effectively going forward."
According to a press release, Verellen joins Maple Leaf Foods after holding the role of Regional Chief Financial Officer for Walmart Canada, India, and Japan. Prior to Walmart, he held various financial roles at Delhaize Group (now part of Ahold Delhaize), including CFO of its Belgian Operations and Investor Relations Officer and spokesperson. His resume also includes stints as an audit manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Belgium and the United States.
Verellen earned a Master in Commercial Engineering and a Certificate in Applied Economics and Accountancy from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in Belgium.
Congratulations to Geert Verellen on his new role!