Ahold Delhaize: European leadership changes

Date : 08 September 2017

We report on senior leadership changes announced by Ahold Delhaize.

Wouter Kolk appointed COO Europe & Indonesia as Pierre Bouchut retires…

A press release from Ahold Delhaize announced the following:

  • Wouter Kolk, Brand President of Albert Heijn, to be named Chief Operating Officer Europe and Indonesia effective January 1, 2019. Pierre Bouchut to retire in 2018.
  • Effective immediately, Wouter Kolk will join the Executive Committee of Ahold Delhaize as Chief Operating Officer the Netherlands and Belgium, and will be nominated for appointment to the Management Board in 2018’.

CEO Dick Boer said, ‘We thank Pierre for his valuable role and significant contribution throughout the merger and in shaping Ahold Delhaize. He has been the driving force behind our ambitions in Europe, enabling us to deliver on synergies and enabling best practice sharing… We are grateful that Pierre has agreed to advise until the end of June to ensure a smooth handover and wish him all the best for the future’.

He continued, 'We are pleased that Wouter is overseeing the Netherlands and Belgium as from September and is intended to join the Management board next year. In addition, he will continue to directly manage Albert Heijn'.

…As Xavier Piesvaux is appointed as Delhaize CEO, succeeding Denis Knoops

In related news, Xavier Piesvaux will be appointed as CEO of Delhaize and Brand President Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg effective September 11, 2017, succeeding Denis Knoops. Piesvaux will report to Wouter Kolk.

Piesvaux brings experience from Walmart Canada, prior career at Ahold Delhaize Romania

Piesvaux brings 27 years of retail experience. ‘Most recently he was Senior Vice President for Walmart East Canada. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Ahold Delhaize brand Mega Image in Romania. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the development of the brand, helping Mega Image grow from 14 stores in 2006 to almost 500 when he left in 2015’.

Knoops’ 25 year career at Ahold Delhaize

Denis Knoops departs following a 25 year long career at Ahold Delhaize, where ‘he was involved with the expansion and commercial development of the Group in Belgium, the United States, and Asia. During the past three years he was the CEO of Delhaize’.