Effective January 1, 2018, Ahold Delhaize will introduce Ahold Delhaize USA, a newly created company under the Ahold Delhaize umbrella. Ahold Delhaize USA will be the parent company for all of Ahold Delhaize's U.S. companies, including its local brands, Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant, Hannaford, Giant/Martin's, and Peapod, as well as Retail Business Services (RBS), a U.S. shared services company providing support to the brands.
The newly-created Ahold Delhaize USA will be led by Kevin Holt, who according to an Ahold Delhaize press release, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer on the first of next year.
"I'm excited that we are moving into this next phase where we can focus on further strengthening our brands and winning in our markets," said Holt. "Ahold Delhaize USA and its U.S. brands are well positioned to continue to drive growth and innovation and meet the evolving needs of customers, both in stores and online."
In this new role, Holt will remain a member of Ahold Delhaize's Management Board and Executive Committee and will continue to report to Dick Boer, CEO Ahold Delhaize. Holt joined Delhaize Group in 2014 as CEO Delhaize America. In 2017, he transitioned to Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA in 2017. Prior to joining Ahold Delhaize, he served in executive leadership roles at SUPERVALU and Meijer.
"Combining the parent companies of the U.S. brands and RBS is the natural next step in our brand-centric strategy in the U.S.,” noted Boer. “Kevin is an outstanding leader with extensive food retail experience and a great choice to guide our U.S. businesses through this time of continuing change and evolving customer expectations."
The company also noted, in its press release, that Frans Muller, Deputy CEO Ahold Delhaize and Chief Integration Officer, who serves as acting COO Delhaize America (ad interim) will focus on the continued smooth integration of Ahold Delhaize.
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