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Ahold announced this morning that it has hired Arthur Brouwer to be the company's new Chief Business Support Officer (CBSO), a new role.

According to a statement by CEO Anders Moberg, Brouwer's role will be to work with the company's various businesses in the US and Europe to lower costs and oversee common processes in the areas of sourcing, information systems and technology and supply chain management.
KC's View:
Once again, evidence that Ahold seems to be moving away from its decentralized past and toward a more centralized, streamlined future.

The question that remains to be answered is whether in places like the US this will work, especially since allowing Ahold's chains to be fairly independent has been a hallmark of how the company does business.