Ahold Delhaize’s Dick Boer will step down as CEO as of July 1 and retire from the company. Frans Muller has been appointed as the new CEO, effective July 1.
Muller has more than 20 years of experience in retail and has served as deputy CEO and chief integration officer of Ahold Delhaize since 2016. He also led Delhaize America on an interim basis from 2016 until 2018. Prior to the merger between Ahold and Delhaize, Muller served as president and CEO of Delhaize Group from 2013.
Muller said, “I’m honored to be given the opportunity to lead this company with such powerful brands, incredible talent and long-term growth potential. Our success will be based upon delivering a great and seamless shopping experience for our customers, both in stores and online. Building on the solid foundations established under Dick’s leadership, we will continue to drive innovation and growth in stores and online as we execute our strategy and create value for all our stakeholders. My focus will be on delivering our promises to be a better place to shop, better place to work and better neighbor— every day.”
The company said Boer will work with Muller to ensure a smooth transition, and he will remain available as advisor to the company until mid 2019.