Ahold names new CEO
Amsterdam, Holland Royal Ahold NV, the Dutch owner of Stop & Shop supermarkets in the United States, said Thursday it has named Dick Boer as CEO.
Boer replaces current chief John Rishton, who is leaving to become head of Rolls-Royce Group Plc.
Currently Ahold’s COO for Europe, Boer will transition into the position in March 2011. He joined Ahold in 1998 as head of the company’s operations in the Czech Republic. He became CEO of its Albert Heijn grocery stores, the biggest chain in the Netherlands, in 2000.
Boer will be succeeded in his current job by Sander van der Laan, who runs Albert Heijn. Carl Schlicker, currently head of Ahold’s U.S. retail operations, has been appointed COO of the United States, succeeding Larry Benjamin, who will retire in early 2011.
J.C. Penney Internet Chief to Retire
Plano, Texas John Irvin, president of J.C. Penney’s catalogue and Internet division, is retiring, according to a Women’s Wear Daily report.
A successor to Irvin, who also is an executive VP of the chain, has not been announced, the company said.
Sweetbay CEO Leaves Post
Tampa, Fla. Shelley Broader is leaving her post as CEO of the Sweetbay Supermarket chain, effective June 15. She will be accepting a position “in retailing outside of the supermarket industry,” the Delhaize-owned chain said Wednesday. Broader’s successor at the 107-store Sweetbay chain has not yet been identified.
Broader, who joined Sweetbay’s sister banner, Hannaford Bros., Scarborough, Maine, in 1991, had spearheaded the conversion of Delhaize’s Kash n’ Karry chain in Florida to the Sweetbay format during the last four years.