BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 3, 2014 - Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB, NYSE: DEG) is announcing that Denis Knoops has been appointed as the new CEO for Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg, effective immediately.
Denis Knoops has worked for Delhaize Group for 22 years, serving the company in a variety of commercial, operational, strategic, and real estate roles across Belgium, the United States, and Asia. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Delhaize Belgium Executive Committee where he was most recently responsible for leading the network of affiliates as well as new markets and real estate.
"Denis is a seasoned leader with a strong customer orientation and a thorough knowledge of both food retail and Delhaize Group", said Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group. "I want to congratulate him on becoming the new CEO of Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg and look forward to working with him."
Denis Knoops assumes the role immediately and succeeds Dirk Van den Berghe, who announced his resignation last week.
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group´s sales network consisted of 3 520 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion in revenues and €179 million in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).