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Top lawyer PepsiCo to succeed Michael Waller at Delhaize

Top lawyer PepsiCo to succeed Michael Waller at Delhaize

The Delhaize Group has appointed Maura Smith as new General Counsel. She will be the successor of Michael R. Waller, who will retire at the end of June. Earlier in her career Smith worked for PepsiCo.

30 years of experience in corporate law

Smith has already started her job with the Delhaize Group and will represent the company in judicial affairs and government business at the highest level. She will also become a member of the Executive Committee and will report directly to Pierre-Olivier Beckers, Delhaize's CEO.


With over thirty years of experience in corporate law, the career of Smith is impressive: before PepsiCo she worked at International Paper, Owens Corning, General Electric and law firm Baker & McKenzie.


"I am very pleased to have Maura join our Group and our Executive Committee,” said Pierre-Olivier Beckers. “She brings deep legal and governmental affairs experience, a global perspective, and a wealth of knowledge in business transformation to our Group.”


Michael Waller to retire

Maura Smith is succeeding Michael Waller at the end of June, when he will retire as planned. Since 2001 Waller was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Delhaize Group.


“Michael will be missed. His mastery of the law, impeccable integrity, and skill at simplifying complex issues and identifying key strategic points, has made him a trusted advisor to both me and the Delhaize Group Board of Directors,” said Mr. Beckers.

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