The revolving door kept turning for top executives in 1999. Perhaps the most surprising turn came in April, when Tom E. Smith retired as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C. after 29 years with the company, including 18 years in top management -- as president since 1981, CEO since 1986 and chairman since 1990. The change signalled a more hands-on role for Food Lion's parent company, Delhaize "Le Lion," the Brussels, Belgium-based company that has ...

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