Food Lion said Thursday that Meg Ham has been named president of Food Lion effective Nov. 1, succeeding Beth Newlands Campbell, who is leaving the company for personal and professional reasons.
“We are extremely pleased to tap into internal talent to ensure a seamless transition of Food Lion operations to Meg Ham,” said Kevin Holt, CEO of Food Lion’s Salisbury, N.C.-based parent, Delhaize America. “I have full confidence in Meg to continue to lead Food Lion’s transformation and to deliver on the company’s Easy, Fresh and Affordable…You Can Count on Food Lion Every Day strategy to enhance the customer shopping experience. Meg has an extensive retail operations and merchandising background with a strong focus on the customer experience and associate engagement.”
Ham will lead all Food Lion banner operations, including strategic direction, financial performance, product assortment, pricing, customer service and marketing. She will continue to report to Holt.
Previously, Ham served as president of Delhaize’s Bottom Dollar Food discount division. She joined Delhaize America in 1988 and has held a wide range of leadership roles at both Food Lion and Hannaford. Delhaize has not commented on widespread industry speculation that it has been seeking a buyer for its Bottom Dollar stores.
“I’m honored to take on this new role at Food Lion, a company that I have been passionate about for many years,” said Ham. “I look forward to maintaining our positive momentum at Food Lion by continuing to deploy our new strategy, serving our customers well and caring for our communities through Food Lion Feeds.”
Newlands Campbell was named president at Food Lion in 2012 as part of an executive overhaul under CEO Roland Smith, who subsequently left his role in 2013. She previously served the same role at Delhaize’s Hannaford Bros. banner.
“I want to thank Beth for her 27 years of service at both Food Lion and Hannaford,” added Holt. “She has led significant improvements at Food Lion during the past two years, with a strong focus on enhancing the customer shopping experience and ensuring that Food Lion’s communities can count on us through our Food Lion Feeds hunger relief efforts. I know our associates join me in wishing Beth and her family all the best in the future.”
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Newlands Campbell joined Hannaford, Food Lion’s sister banner based in Maine, as a retail management trainee. During her tenure, she held a variety of leadership positions, from store manager to company president.
Food Lion said it would continue to deliver its Easy, Fresh and Affordable…You Can Count on Food Lion Every Day strategy with 45 remodeled stores launching on Nov. 12 in the greater Greenville, N.C., market.
In other Delhaize America news, Gene Faller, vice president of operations for Bottom Dollar Food, will assume leadership responsibilities for the banner. JJ Fleeman, currently senior vice president of Food Lion Strategy, has been promoted to Delhaize America’s chief strategy and development officer. Faller and Fleeman will report to Holt.
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