Belgian Delhaize's chairman Pierre-Olivier Beckers is resigning by the end of the year. Beckers will probably remain a director at the distribution group, which will now start looking for a new chairman - both internally as externally.
"Right moment for succession"
The company remains vague about the reason for his retirement: "The Board of directors and I agree that the moment is right to put in place a successor who will lead the group and its evolution into the future. Until then I remain fully committed to leading and supporting the company and its 158,000 associates" was what Pierre-Olivier Beckers had to say.
Chairman Matt Jansson explains: " Pierre-Olivier Beckers has worked for Delhaize for 30 years with tireless energy and absolute passion, displaying very strong values and great respect for people. As shown by our recent results, business performance continues to strengthen following our initiatives over recent years. This positions the company well for the future and provides a great platform for his successor."
Beckers started working at Delhaize Group in 1983, has been a director of the company since 1995 and was named president and CEO in January 1999. He will lead the company "until a smooth transition has taken place", says Jansson.