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Ahold names new president of Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover


AMSTERDAM Ahold announced last week the appointment of Carl Schliker to president and ceo of its U.S. division's Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover. Schliker, currently ceo of Ahold's Giant-Carlisle division, will succeed Jose Alvarez, who has been named evp of global business development and will report to Ahold ceo John Rishton.

Succeeding Schliker in the Giant-Carlisle division as president and ceo is Sander van der Laan, current evp of marketing and merchandising for Albert Heijn. Schlicker and van der Laan will report to Lawrence Benjamin, current coo for Ahold USA who has been nominated by the supervisory board for appointment to the Ahold Corporate Executive Board. His appointment will be proposed at the next general meeting of shareholders.

In more executive changes, Albert Voogd, current evp of sales and services at Albert Heijn, has been appointed evp of marketing and merchandising, succeeding van der Laan, and Cees van Vliet, currently responsible for format management at Albert Heijn, has been appointed evp of sales and services, succeeding Voogd. Voogd and van Vliet will report to Dick Boer, coo for Ahold Europe.

“I am very pleased to announce these changes,” said ceo John Rishton. “Larry will strengthen the Corporate Executive Board and his nomination underscores the importance of the U.S. market to Ahold. These appointments will help accelerate the transfer of knowledge across our businesses. We have chosen to make these changes as the Value Improvement Program expands beyond price repositioning. At Ahold, our global strategic focus continues to be the transformation of all of our banners into powerful consumer brands.”

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