James McCann, COO of Ahold USA, has resigned from the company and its executive management board, effective immediately. He will be transitioning into a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles.
The announcement comes a few months after the Netherlands-based grocer merged with its Belgian-based rival Delhaize. McCann joined Ahold in September 2011 as Chief Commercial Officer, and became a member of the Ahold Delhaize Management Board after the merger in July 2016.
McCann will be succeeded by Kevin Holt, the current CEO of Delhaize America and member of the Management Board of Ahold Delhaize. His new role at Ahold USA, Delhaize America, will include leading the Food Lion and Hannaford brands. He will be reporting on an interim basis to Frans Muller, Deputy CEO of Ahold Delhaize.
“We thank James for his significant contributions, both driving our e-Commerce strategy whilst based in Europe and for the last three-and-a-half years driving the transformation at Ahold USA, supporting the Stop & Shop New York, Stop & Shop New England, Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle, Martin’s and Peapod brands,” said Dick Boer, CEO of Ahold Delhaize in a statement. “As the new leader of Ahold USA, Kevin brings a wealth of U.S. retail experience and he is recognized for his leadership skills,” he added.