Dick Boer will step down as Ahold Delhaize CEO on 1 July and then leave the company. Deputy CEO Frans Muller will succeed him, according to the retailer’s press release.
This confirms the previous rumours about changes at the top of the company. Two CEOs was not the long-term solution and considering how Frans Muller was no longer the managing director ad interim for the company’s American branch, he was free to take over the reins as CEO.
Frans Muller has more than twenty years of retail experience and had been Deputy CEO and Chief Integration Officer since 24 July 2016. He was also in charge of Delhaize America from October 2016 until January 2018. Prior to the Ahold Delhaize merger, he ran Delhaize Group as its president and CEO since 2013. Even earlier, he was part of German retailer Metro AG’s board for seven years and led Metro Cash & Carry as its CEO for five years.
Dick Boer will now closely work with Frans Muller to create a smooth transition. He will also be available as a company advisor until mid-2019.