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Press release

Delhaize Group announces the nominations for the Board of Directors

BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 3, 2015 - Delhaize Group is pleased to announce the nominations of Mrs. Dominique Leroy and Mr. Patrick De Maeseneire to become independent members of the Board of Directors.

At the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting, to be held on May 28, 2015, the Board of Directors of Delhaize Group will propose the appointment of Mrs. Dominique Leroy and Mr. Patrick De Maeseneire as directors for a term of four years.

Mrs. Leroy has been Chief Executive Officer of Belgacom SA and member of the Board of Directors of Belgacom SA since January 2014. She began working at Belgacom as Vice President Sales for the Consumer division in October 2011. In June, 2012, Dominique Leroy held the position of Executive Vice President of the Consumer Business Unit of Belgacom and member of the Management Committee of Belgacom Group. Prior to Belgacom, Mrs. Leroy worked for 24 years at Unilever. She was Managing Director of Unilever Belux and member of Unilever’s Benelux management committee. She previously held various positions in marketing, finance and customer development.

Mrs. Leroy is independent Board Member at Lotus Bakeries. Mrs. Leroy holds a degree in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School of Brussels University (ULB).

Mr. De Maeseneire has been Chief Executive Officer of Adecco S.A. since June 1, 2009.  Between 1998 and 2002, Mr. De Maeseneire held leading positions within the Adecco Group, starting as country manager for the Benelux region before leading the Adecco Group's worldwide professional staffing business from New York. Mr. De Maeseneire started his professional carrier in 1980 at Arthur Andersen (Consulting). Between 1980 and 1997, he held executive positions at Wang, Apple Computer, Sun International and at the Belgian TV station VTM.  In 2002, Mr. De Maeseneire joined the chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut where he served as CEO until 2009, when he returned to Adecco as CEO.   

Mr. De Maeseneire earned a Master’s degree in commercial engineering at the Solvay Business School of Brussels University (VUB), Belgium and a special license in marketing management at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium. Mr. De Maeseneire also completed studies in business management at the London Business School and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.  In 2007, Mr. De Maeseneire was granted the title of Baron by King Albert II of Belgium.

Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 402 stores. In 2014, Delhaize Group recorded €21.4 billion ($29.4 billion) in revenues and €89 million ($118 million) net profit (Group share). At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 150 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).