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Delhaize Group yesterday named Kevin Holt, former president of retail operations at Supervalu, to be its new CEO for Delhaize America.

Holt succeeds Roland Smith, who left the company last September after just a year as the US CEO, reportedly because he did not get the top job when Muller was named to replace the retiring Pierre-Olivier Beckers.

According to the announcement, Holt comes to Delhaize "with more than 20 years of retail leadership experience in operations, strategy and information technology. Prior to Supervalu, he served for three years with Sears Holding Company and 14 years with Meijer, working in various leadership positions including Executive Vice President of Retail Operations and
Senior Vice President of Information Technology/Services and Strategic Planning."

"I am very pleased to have Kevin join our team", said Frans Muller, president/CEO of Delhaize Group. "Kevin brings both deep industry experience as well as a comprehensive customer orientation that will help our U.S. operations to continue to implement our existing strategy and build on the strong momentum of recent quarters."
KC's View:
Don't know Holt personally, but I hope he helps to provide Delhaize America with the stability that it needs to make progress on the sales and profit sides. I know a lot of really good people who work there, and work very hard, and they deserve to have things go well for them.