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Executive Committee
Frans Muller
Mr. Muller is President and CEO of Delhaize Group since November 8, 2013. In 1988, he joined KLM Cargo where he served in various management and executive positions in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna, Singapore.  Mr. Muller joined the German retailer Metro AG in 1997, first as Operations Director, and then as managing director of its Dutch subsidiary, Makro.  In 2002, he served as a board member of Metro Cash&Carry International, and was appointed as regional director for Eastern Europe and Russia.  From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Muller served as President, Asia Pacific and Russia/Ukraine, Metro Cash & Carry International.  In 2005, he was appointed CEO of Metro Group Buying, and in 2006, was appointed to the Management Board of Metro AG.  In February, 2008, he became CEO of Metro Cash & Carry until his departure in March 2013.  Mr. Muller holds a Master of Business Economics from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam (The Netherlands). 
 
 
Pierre Bouchut
Mr. Bouchut is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Delhaize Group. Mr. Bouchut began his career in 1979 with Citibank Paris. He joined Bankers Trust France SA in 1987 to become Vice-President, Finance. In 1988, he joined McKinsey & Company as a consultant in the Corporate Finance and Integrated Logistics practices. Between 1990 and 2005, Mr. Bouchut was with Group Casino, where he successively held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director and CEO responsible for both the French and international operations (USA, Poland, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Venezuela). Between 2005 and 2009, Mr. Bouchut served with Schneider Group as CFO, developing numerous initiatives in the field of structured finance, risk management and external growth. He joined Carrefour in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and was most recently Executive Director Growth Markets of Carrefour, overlooking operations in Latin America (Brazil, Columbia and Argentina) and in Turkey, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. He was also overlooking Carrefour Personal Financial Services operations worldwide. Mr. Bouchut is graduated from HEC and holds a Master Degree in Applied Economics from Paris Dauphine University.
 
 
Dirk Van den Berghe
Mr. Van den Berghe is Executive Vice President and CEO Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg.  After having worked several years in the commercial sector, Mr. Van den Berghe spent 10 years in Belgian Diplomacy as commercial representative in Bulgaria, Thailand and in the U.S.  Mr. Van den Berghe joined Delhaize Group in 1999, starting as General Manager of Delvita, the Company’s former subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  He subsequently became Senior Vice President Emerging Markets overseeing Delvita, Mega Image and Super Indo. He joined Delhaize Belgium in 2008, as Senior Vice President Procurement, Quality and European Sourcing. Mr. Van den Berghe became CEO Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg in 2012 and appointed member of Delhaize Group Executive Committee as of April 1, 2014.  He is also a serving board member of the Solvay Brussels School MBA Program and VOKA. Mr. Van den Berghe has been teaching strategy and international business for the MBA Programs of California State University, Rotterdam School of Management, Solvay Brussels School and Thammasart University. Mr. Van den Berghe holds a Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the Sofia University and a BA & MA in Business Management from the State University Ghent (Belgium).
 
Kostas Macheras
Mr. Macheras is Executive Vice President of Delhaize Group and Chief Executive Officer Southeastern Europe. Mr. Macheras joined Delhaize Group in 1997 as General Manager of Alfa Beta Vassilopoulos. In 2009 Mr. Macheras added Mega Image, the Romanian operations of Delhaize Group, to his responsibilities. Mr. Macheras started his professional career in retailing in the U.S., as purchasing manager at the Quality Super Market Company in Chicago. He worked for 14 years for Mars, Inc. In 1982, he was in charge of sales, marketing and export in The Netherlands, and later became General Manager for Greece and Italy. From 1996-1997 he served as General Manager of Chipita International in Greece. He is a Board member of EEDE (Hellenic Management Association) for nine years. He has been a member of the Board of Directors at EASE (Association of Greek Executive Officers) since 2008, and is also currently a Board member of SEET (Association of Greek Food Enterprises). In 2005, he was named Officer in the Order of Leopold II by King Albert II of Belgium. In April 2009, Mr. Macheras was elected Manager of the Year 2008 by the Hellenic Management Association. Mr. Macheras holds a BA from Piraeus University and an MBA from the Roosevelt University of Chicago (Business Administration & Marketing).
 
Maura Abeln Smith
Ms. Smith is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and General Secretary of Delhaize Group. She started her career as a lawyer in 1982 and spent nearly 10 years in private practice including five years as an associate at Steel Hector and Davis (now part of Squire Sanders) and four years as a partner at Baker & McKenzie. In 1991, Ms. Smith joined General Electric, in the GE Plastics Division, where she served as Vice President and General Counsel for nearly seven years. From 1998 to 2003, she was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Owens Corning, a global building materials company, and from 2000 to 2003, she also served as Chief Restructuring Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Owens Corning. Ms. Smith left Owens Corning in 2003 to join International Paper where she served for eight years as the company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Global Government Relations. In May 2011, Maura Smith became PepsiCo's Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary until she resigned in June 2012. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Vassar College, a Juris Doctor from University of Miami School of Law and a Master of Philosophy (Economics) from England’s Oxford University.

 



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