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Delhaize Europe CEO Resigns; U.S. CEO Search On

BRUSSELS — Delhaize Group said Monday that Stéfan Descheemaeker will resign from his role as chief executive officer of Delhaize Europe effective Oct. 31. The company did not provide a reason for his resignation.

Descheemaeker’s departure follows that of Delhaize’s U.S. CEO, Roland Smith, who resigned upon the appointment of Frans Muller as group CEO last month. The company acknowledged Smith resigned amid disappointment at not ascending to group CEO.


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Muller in a statement Monday said the company was searching for a successor for Smith — something the company did not acknowledge upon Smith’s departure Sept. 4.

As a result of Descheemaeker’s resignation, Delhaize said Kostas Macheras, executive vice president and CEO of Delhaize’s Southeast Europe and Asia divisions, and Dirk Van den Berghe, CEO of Delhaize Belgium, will report directly to Muller effective Nov. 1.

“I look forward to working directly with both Kostas and Dirk to continue building on the positive momentum of our European businesses to generate further progress,” Muller said in a statement. “Equally I look forward to partnering with our Group CFO, Pierre Bouchut, so that we can continue improving the focus and performance of the overall group. This will be amongst my key priorities in addition to working directly with the Delhaize America team while I evaluate and search for the best candidate to fill the Delhaize America CEO role.”

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