Earlier this month, Ahold Delhaize announced the creation of Ahold Delhaize USA, to be effective on January 1, 2018. Ahold Delhaize USA will serve as the parent company for all of Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. companies, including its local brands, Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant Food, Hannaford, Giant/Martin’s, and Peapod, as well as Retail Business Services (RBS), a U.S. shared services company providing support to the brands.
Ahold Delhaize USA will be led by Kevin Holt, who will be appointed chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Holt is currently chief operating officer of Ahold USA. In his new role he 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 essentially replaces the interim role that Ahold Delhaize deputy chief executive officer and chief integration officer Frans Muller held as acting COO of Delhaize America (Food Lion, Hannaford). Muller will also continue to focus on the ongoing smooth integration of Ahold Delhaize.
All brand presidents – Gordon Reid (Giant Food), Nick Bertram (Giant/Martin’s), Mark McGowan (Stop & Shop), Meg Ham (Food Lion) and Mike Vail (Hannaford); – will report to Holt. Also reporting to Holt will be Roger Wheeler (Retail Business Services); and Walt Lentz who is serving as interim leader of Peapod.
Dick Boer, CEO of Ahold Delhaize, said, “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. 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.”