Albert Heijn has recruited South African national Nicholas (Nic) Brassey to head up the Human Resources function for Albert Heijn, Etos and Gall & Gall, effective January 1, 2015.
In this role, Nic will report to Sander van der Laan, CEO Albert Heijn, and functionally to Abbe Luersman, CHRO Ahold. With Nic’s appointment, the Albert Heijn Management Team and the Ahold HR leadership team is once again complete.
Nic has extensive international HR experience, having worked and lived in South Africa, the United States, the UK and Italy. He is married to a Dutch national, and currently lives and works in the Netherlands. He joins Ahold from Unilever, where he was involved in various change management programs, and, from a Human Resources standpoint, was responsible for increasing associate engagement and encouraging greater focus on results.
Sander van der Laan, CEO Albert Heijn says: “Nic’s results-driven track record, his significant HR expertise and broad experience with organizations going through transitions make him a great fit to lead the HR function for our Albert Heijn Operating Unit as we work to instill a more performance-driven culture and the new ways of working resulting from our transformation programs in Europe.”
Abbe Luersman, CHRO Ahold, says: “We are confident his leadership will help us build a better place to work for our associates and a better place to shop for our customers. In this role, Nic will be the counterpart for our works council and other key stakeholders in this area.”
Nic succeeds Luc de Baets, who has served as General Manager Albert Heijn Belgium since the summer.