Ahold Delhaize has named Frans Muller as its new CEO, with current CEO Dick Boer set to retire July 1.
Muller was the CEO of Delhaize before its acquisition by Ahold in 2015, and he also oversaw the integration of the company's U.S. banners, including Giant, Hannaford, Stop & Shop and Food Lion.
“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to lead this company with such powerful brands, incredible talent and long-term growth potential – a combination that sets us apart globally," Muller said. "Our success will be based upon delivering a great and seamless shopping experience for our customers, both in stores and online. Building on the solid foundations established under Dick’s leadership, we will continue to drive innovation and growth in stores and online as we execute our strategy and create value for all our stakeholders. My focus will be on delivering our promises to be a better place to shop, better place to work and better neighbor – every day.”
Muller has more than 20 years of experience in retail and has served as Deputy CEO and Chief Integration Officer of Ahold Delhaize since July 24, 2016. He also led Delhaize America on an interim basis from October 2016 until January 2018. Prior to the merger between Ahold and Delhaize, Muller served as President and CEO of Delhaize Group from 2013. Before joining Delhaize Group, he served on the Management Board of German retailer Metro AG for seven years and was CEO of Metro Cash & Carry for five years.
Boer will work closely with Muller to ensure a smooth transition on July 1 and he will remain available as adviser to the company until mid 2019.
Ahold Delhaize also announced that Jan Hommen has been appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Johnny Thijs and Patrick De Maeseneire will also step down.
Mats Jansson has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since the merger between Ahold and Delhaize Group in July 2016. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Delhaize Group.
Jan Hommen has been Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board since July 2016. Prior to the merger, Mr. Hommen served as Chairman of Ahold’s Supervisory Board since 2013. Between 2003 and 2007, he was Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ahold and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Hommen has an executive background as Vice Chairman of the board of management at Royal Philips Electronics and as CEO of ING Group and of KPMG the Netherlands.
The Supervisory Board has appointed Bill McEwan as Vice Chairman, succeeding Mr. Hommen.