SOURCE: Delhaize Group

May 21, 2010 08:40 ET

Delhaize Group Announces Senior Management Changes at Delhaize America

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) -

BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 21, 2010 - Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB - NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announced today that Rick Anicetti, Executive Vice President of Delhaize Group and CEO of Delhaize America Shared Services, will leave the organization, effective May 21, 2010. Carol Herndon, currently Senior Vice President of Accounting and Finance of Delhaize America, is named Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Delhaize America, reporting to Pierre-Olivier Beckers, President and CEO of Delhaize Group and of Delhaize America.

"I want to thank Rick for his significant contributions to the Company, both as CEO of Food Lion, LLC and as CEO of Delhaize America Shared Services where he helped to lay strong foundations for Delhaize America's further development," said Pierre-Olivier Beckers, CEO and President of Delhaize Group.

As CAO of Delhaize America, Carol Herndon will have oversight responsibilities for finance, information technology, legal and government relations, communications, and corporate development. "Carol will bring a wealth of experience and the strong leadership credentials she has earned during her long standing and successful career with the Company to the newly created position of Chief Administrative Officer of Delhaize America," said Pierre-Olivier Beckers.

Carol joined Food Lion in 1989 and held various senior positions including Executive Vice President of Accounting and Analysis and Information Technology for Food Lion, Chief Accounting Officer for Delhaize America, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Food Lion and most recently as Senior Vice President of Accounting and Finance of Delhaize America Shared Services. Before joining Food Lion, Herndon was a manager with Ernst & Young in Winston-Salem. Carol Herndon holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a specialization in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Ron Hodge, Executive Vice President of Delhaize Group and CEO of Delhaize America Operations will add Human Resources for Delhaize America to his current responsibilities. Ron will continue to report to Pierre-Olivier Beckers and serve as member of Delhaize Group's Executive Committee.

-- Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in six countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2010, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2 725 stores. In 2009, Delhaize Group posted EUR 19.9 billion (USD 27.8 billion) in revenues and EUR 514 million (USD 717 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2009, Delhaize Group employed approximately 138 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

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