BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of the regular process of reviewing the Board's composition, Delhaize Group announced today that Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant and Didier Smits have informed the Board that they will not stand for renewal when their current mandates expire at the shareholders' meeting to be held on May 28, 2015. The Company is in advanced stages of discussion with candidates for election at the Ordinary Shareholders' Meeting.
Baron Beckers-Vieujant has served as a director of Delhaize Group since 1995 and was President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group from 1999 until 2013. Under Mr. Beckers' leadership, Delhaize Group increased its international presence and evolved itself into an integrated group and leading food retailer.
Mats Jansson, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: "Pierre-Olivier has worked for Delhaize for more than 30 years. For the last 15 years, he has led both the company and served the Board of Directors. He has shown tremendous leadership in running the business during challenging times and has always displayed very strong values and great respect for people. A number of significant initiatives started under his leadership are beginning to bear fruit today and position us well for sustainable growth. I would like to thank him and wish him well for the future."
Didier Smits has served on the Board of Directors since 1996.
"I would like to thank Didier for his 19 years of service to the Delhaize Group Board of Directors. I have appreciated his loyalty, his thoughtful comments, and his integrity. His contribution to the Board was valued and will be missed," said Mr. Jansson.
- Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 3 402 stores. In 2014, Delhaize Group recorded €21.4 billion ($29.4 billion) in revenues and €89 million ($118 million) net profit (Group share). At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 150 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).
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