Zaandam, the Netherlands - As of Monday 5 May 2014, the Albert Heijn Board will be complete. On that date, Marit van Egmond and Erik-Jan Mares will join the team as part of the changes announced in January 2014. The plans also include building on the Albert Heijn brand and organization in the Netherlands and neighboring markets. Key to these appointments is the improvement and renewal of assortment for the customer.
Marit van Egmond has been appointed SVP Merchandising & Sourcing Fresh. She has been a successful member of the Gall & Gall Management Team since 2008. Marit has been employed by Ahold since 1997 and she previously also filled the role of Category Manager at Albert Heijn. In her new role, Marit will lead the further development of the fresh-produce assortment for our customers.
Erik-Jan Mares has been appointed to the position of SVP Merchandising & Sourcing Non-Perishables, Non-Food and New Business. Erik-Jan has successfully led Ahold European Sourcing for a year now. His previous employers include C1000, Danone and Nutricia. In his new role, Erik-Jan will lead the further development of the existing and new assortment for our customers.
Greater focus on assortment at Albert Heijn
The appointment of the two new directors means the importance of our assortment - one of our services to the customer - will be the focus of greater and more specific attention. Improvements and additions to our assortment will further strengthen our commercial position.
Sander van der Laan, CEO of Albert Heijn, comments on the appointments, "It is great that we have been able to fill these key positions with professionals from our own organization with relevant experience. The enthusiasm that these colleagues will bring to these positions will give a boost to the improvement and extension of our assortment and thus our services to our customers. I am also pleased that the Albert Heijn Board is complete again."
In addition to Marit van Egmond and Erik-Jan Mares, the Albert Heijn Board also includes Cees van Vliet (Director Stores and Distribution), Adriaan Thierry (Director Omni-Channel Marketing & Format), Wouter Kolk (Director New Markets & Specialty Stores), Hendrik-Jan Roel (Financial Director) and Luc de Baets (Director Human Resources & Business Services). The team is led by General Director (CEO) Sander van der Laan.