CEO out at Delhaize America, parent of Food Lion

  • Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 5:19 p.m.

By Emily Ford

SALISBURY — Food Lion parent company Delhaize Group on Wednesday announced another management shake-up, including the naming of a new CEO and the resignation of the top executive for U.S. operations, which are based in Salisbury.

While Frans Muller is in as the new chief executive officer for Delhaize Group, Roland Smith is out as CEO of Delhaize America. Delhaize said in a press release that Smith resigned Wednesday.

The statement did not give a reason for Smith’s departure, but officials have confirmed that Smith was vying for the job Muller won and was naturally disappointed.

Smith, who joined Delhaize less than a year ago, will stay with the company in an advisory role until the end of the year.

Delhaize will not replace Smith and instead will consolidate the two chief executive officer positions, a company spokeswoman said.

Delhaize U.S. operations, including new Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell, will report directly to the parent company in Belgium.

“There are no additional changes to Delhaize America,” Christy Phillips-Brown said. “We remain committed to Salisbury and our presence in Salisbury.”

Read more in Thursday’s Post.

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