April 11, 2022 – Both Ahold Delhaize and the LEAD Network are pleased to announce the appointment of Wouter Kolk – CEO Europe and Indonesia, and Member of the Management Board and Executive Committee of Ahold Delhaize – as a member of the LEAD Network’s Advisory Board.
Alongside other senior executive leaders from the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and European retail industry, Wouter will provide strategic guidance to the LEAD Network. The Advisory Board provides world-class leadership and guidance to its network, focusing on its purpose to advance men and women in the European retail and CPG sectors to create a future of inclusion and gender equality at all levels.
“I am excited to contribute to the LEAD Network. For as long as I have been leading teams, whether in Europe or Asia, at Ahold Delhaize, WE Fashion, Gall & Gall, Etos, and Albert Heijn, I have valued the power of diverse and inclusive teams. Being raised with it, I have experienced it as one of the key success factors of high-performing teams. Joining the LEAD Network Advisory Board allows me to continuously learn more about this topic and explore how we can bring the retail industry further along this journey." said Wouter Kolk.
Natalia Wallenberg, CHRO for Ahold Delhaize shares “I am glad to see my colleague Wouter join the LEAD Network Advisory Board. I know Wouter as a passionate advocate for inclusion and building diverse teams. With his broad knowledge and ample experience, I have no doubt he will be able to provide great strategic guidance to the LEAD Network, and together with Ahold Delhaize and many other members of LEAD Network we hope to continue learning from one another in shaping more inclusive cultures across multiple industries and communities where women can grow and progress according to their aspirations”.
Frans Muller, CEO Ahold Delhaize, was the original sponsor of the Lead Network CEO Pledge which was introduced in 2017. The CEO Pledge was made to substantially improve gender parity at the Director level and above and calls for leaders to commit to creating truly inclusive cultures, coaching, mentoring, and sponsoring female and diverse employees, building fair and equitable recruiting strategies, reducing bias, and more.
Learn more about Frans's commitment to diversity and inclusion here.