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Ahold Delhaize Appoints Alex Holt as Chief Sustainability Officer; Frans Muller Comments

Ahold Delhaize Appoints Alex Holt as Chief Sustainability Officer; Frans Muller Comments

Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

A new leader has stepped in at Ahold Delhaize. Alex Holt will step into the role of Chief Sustainability Officer no later than June 1, 2024. She will also become a member of the retail group’s Executive Committee.

Alex Holt, Incoming Chief Sustainability Officer, Ahold Delhaize“I am very excited to join Ahold Delhaize, a company that wants to contribute positively to the transition to a sustainable food system,” said Holt. “I am looking forward to partnering with the executive team, sustainability, and business leaders across the company and across the industry to tackle the challenges that we face together and seize the opportunities that create the biggest impact.”

As CSO, Holt will be responsible for driving the vision and strategy on sustainability in line with Ahold’s Group strategy and accelerating focus and collaboration across the organization and its supply chain. She will use her experience to build and develop sustainability capabilities and mindsets across its brands and support organizations, in addition to providing thought leadership, expertise, and support to the retailer’s executive team and brands.

Effective no later than June 1, Ahold Delhaize is welcoming Alex Holt as Chief Sustainability Officer and a member of its Executive Committee
In this new role, Holt succeeds Jan Ernst de Groot, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, who will retire on May 31, 2024.

Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ahold Delhaize“I am very happy that Alex will join our Executive Committee as our new Chief Sustainability Officer,” Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ahold Delhaize, said. “She brings relevant experience from a food retail, business leadership, and sustainability perspective. She is a sharp thinker and inspiring leader with a deep understanding of the challenges and impact that this role brings in a food retail company with ambitions with regard to health, nature, and climate.”

Holt currently serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Woolworths Group, a role she has held since June 2021. According to a press release, the expert has held a number of roles across Woolworths’ supermarket business, leading various commercial teams before becoming General Manager of Sustainability, Health, and Quality in April 2016. She joined the company in 2011 from Tesco, where she spent seven years in various roles in business improvement, merchandising, and sourcing.

Congratulations to Alex Holt on this next step in her career!

Ahold Delhaize