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As part of a broad reorganization effort that is centralizing many of the support functions - including corporate development, legal and government relations, information technology, finance, communications, organizational change management, human resources, strategy and research, and supply chain and procurement - for its various US banners, Delhaize America yesterday announced several new executive appointments.

Cathy Green has been named president of the Food Lion family of banners, including Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys and Reid’s. She has been serving as COO for Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys and Reid’s. In her new role, Green will lead all banner operations for the Food Lion family, including store financial performance, merchandising, pricing, customer service and marketing.

At the same time, Delhaize announced that Beth Newlands Campbell has been named the new president of Hannaford Supermarkets; she is a former executive vice president of the chain.

And Meg Ham, the senior vice president of Bottom Dollar Food, has been named president of the discount store chain, responsible for overseeing the significant market expansion that is planned for Bottom Dollar.

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Rick Anicetti, the CEO of Food Lion LLC, will serve as CEO of Delhaize America Shared Services and will have responsibility for the company’s corporate shared services functions. And Ron Hodge, CEO of Hannaford Supermarkets, will serve as CEO of Delhaize America Operations and will have responsibility for all U.S. retail banner operations.

The broad goal is to achieve operational efficiencies while maintaining the market differentiators that the company believes are owned by its various banners.
KC's View:
I don’t know really know Ham and Newlands Campbell, so this is not meant as any sort of slam on them.

But they don’t come any smarter - or nicer - than Cathy Green. So I’m thrilled for her as she gets this promotion. cool is it that Delhaize has women in such high positions in its US operations.

There must be something in the water at Delhaize. It is worth noting that the company also nurtured Shelley Broader, who went from Hannaford to the company’s Sweetbay division before moving over to the Michael’s craft chain.

Good for Delhaize. A lot of people talk the talk, but the execs there clearly walk the walk as well.