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President & CEO, Ahold Delhaize
Frans Muller started as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ahold Delhaize on July 1, 2018. Prior to that he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Integration Officer since 2016, and Acting Chief Operating Officer for Delhaize America, from October 2016 until January 2018. Before the merger between Ahold and Delhaize, Frans served for three years as President and CEO of Delhaize Group from 2013 to 2016.
Prior to joining Delhaize Group, Frans was with the German retailer Metro AG for more than 15 years. He was CEO of Metro Cash & Carry from 2008 and a member of the management board of Metro AG, to which he was appointed in 2006. He first joined Metro AG in 1997 as operations director, and then served as managing director of its Dutch subsidiary, Makro. In 2002, Frans served as a board member of Metro Cash & Carry International and was appointed regional director for Eastern Europe and Russia. From 2004 to 2005, he served as president for Asia Pacific and Russia/Ukraine. In 2005, he was appointed CEO of Metro Group Buying.
Frans started his career at KLM Cargo in 1988 where he served in various management and executive positions in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna and Singapore.
Frans is president of the European Retail Round Table and serves on the board of directors of the Food Marketing Institute Inc. and Vlerick Business School. He is a board member of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and co-sponsor of the CGF Health and Wellness pillar.
Ahold Delhaize is one of the world’s largest food retail groups. Its family of local brands together serve more than 50 million customers each week in the United States, Europe, and Indonesia. Together, these brands employ nearly 370,000 associates in over 6,500 grocery and specialty stores. In 2017, Ahold Delhaize generated more than 60 billion euros in net revenue. The companies’ headquarters are located in Zaandam, the Netherlands. In the U.S., Ahold Delhaize operates numerous brands, including Stop & Shop, Peapod, Food Lion, Giant and Hannaford.