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Delhaize America Gets New CEO

August 30, 2012
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Former Arby’s and Wendy’s CEO Roland Smith will take over the roles of president and CEO of Delhaize America as of Oct. 15, the company announced late Wednesday in a news release.

Smith will take over for Ronald Hodge, who is retiring from the position after 33 years with the company. Hodge will remain in an advisory role to ensure a smooth transition before his retirement, the company said.

“I am very excited to join Delhaize Group and have the opportunity to lead Delhaize America,” Smith said in the news release. “I am looked forward to helping Delhaize America navigate through the challenges currently facing the industry and positioning our business for further growth.”

Delhaize America generates about $20 billion a year, the company said in the release, with about 1,600 stores in 18 states. Among its store banners are Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys, Hannaford and Sweetbay.

“(Smith) is a seasoned leader with a proven track record of managing large consumer businesses, re-energizing brands, and driving top and bottom-line growth,” Delhaize Group CEO Pierre-Olivier Beckers said in the release. “We are confident his background and experience will serve to strengthen and accelerate the ongoing transformation of our business in the U.S.”

Smith also will be an executive vice president with Delhaize Group. The parent company, based in Belgium, has 3,365 food retail stores in 11 countries. It posted $29.4 billion in revenue in 2011 and as of June 30 had about 158,000 employees.

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