AMSTERDAM — Ahold here yesterday said it has reorganized its business in the U.S. and Europe to better focus on local market nuances and growth opportunities.
The company divided its Stop & Shop operations into two divisions based on geography — Stop & Shop New England and Stop & Shop Metro New York — creating a total of four U.S. divisions, including Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle.
Carl Schlicker, who had been chief executive officer of Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover, was named CEO of all four U.S. divisions.
Sander van der Laan, who had been CEO of Giant-Carlisle, will return to the Netherlands to become general manager of Ahold’s Albert Heijn chain, effective in January, 2010. A successor to head Giant-Carlisle will be named in the near future, Ahold said.
Other changes in the U.S. include:
Robin Michel, formerly general manager, Giant-Landover, has been named president of that division.
Mark McGowan, formerly senior vice president, sales and operations, Stop & Shop, has been named president of the new Shop & Shop New England division.
Ron Onorato, formerly SVP, sales and operations, Stop & Shop, was named president of the new Stop & Shop Metro New York division.
Bill Holmes, most recently executive vice president and general manager of sales and operations, Stop & Shop, was named EVP, retail operations development.
In addition, these executives were named to lead the combined core functions at Ahold USA:
John Bussinger, formerly EVP of human resources, Giant-Carlisle, was named EVP, organizational development, Ahold USA, to help transition to the new structure.
Tom Hippler remains EVP and general counsel Paula Labian remains EVP, human resources.
Jeff Martin becomes EVP, merchandising and marketing.
Paula Price remains EVP and chief financial officer.