It was undoubtedly one of the last interviews granted by Ahold's President and Chief Executive Officer Cees van der Hoeven. He sat down with two SN colleagues and me in mid-January to discuss the Netherlands-based company's outlook after 25 years of operating in the United States. At the time, he was close to celebrating 10 years at the helm. It was still a month before revelations of accounting improprieties would prompt his sudden exit from the company.
During our January interview,