Veteran Ahold USA executive Roger Wheeler was named president of Retail Business Services LLC (RBS), an independent Ahold Delhaize company, on January 1. RBS supports the local brands of Ahold USA and Delhaize America, including Food Lion, Giant/Landover, Giant/Carlisle, Hannaford, Martin’s, Peapod, Stop & Shop New England, and Stop & Shop New York Metro.
Wheeler has an extensive background in the supermarket industry with more than 20 years of experience in retail operations, category management, supply chain and project management. For the past year, Wheeler has been the U.S. lead for the integration management office, helping to coordinate the merger of Ahold USA and Delhaize America. He has held a number of roles during his time with Stop & Shop and Ahold USA, including senior VP of supply chain and third party management, Oracle program leader, and VP of meat and seafood.
Prior to joining Ahold USA, Wheeler worked for Shaw’s Supermarkets in numerous roles including vice president, store manager, buyer and category manager for several non-perishable and perishable areas.
RBS was created late last year by Ahold USA and Delhaize America to provide cost-effective, best-in-class support services to both organizations’ local brands. It is comprised of associates in various support groups within the organization and is a key service provider for the brands. In this new role, Wheeler will report to Kevin Holt, COO of Ahold USA, and Frans Muller, acting COO for Delhaize America.
“With Roger’s extensive background, familiarity with the Ahold USA and Delhaize America businesses and demonstrated leadership of the U.S. integration management office, we are confident Roger is the right person to lead this new organization,” said Holt.
“We look forward to working with Roger as he brings this new organization together to build a world-class support services organization to assist the local brands in accelerating their local strategies,” added Muller.
Wheeler holds a B.S. in systems engineering from West Point and an MBA from Bentley University, with a concentration in finance. Wheeler is a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Persian Gulf War.