Ahold has appointed James McCann as COO of Ahold USA, effective Feb. 1, 2013. He will take over the role from Carl Schlicker, who has announced his retirement. McCann will continue as a member of Ahold’s corporate executive board.
“I am very pleased that we have a strong leader for Ahold USA from within our own organization,’’ said Dick Boer, CEO of Ahold. “Since his start with Ahold, James has focused on strengthening our e-commerce proposition and customer loyalty programs as part of the company’s robust growth strategy that was launched last year and is now being implemented. This appointment is a natural next step for James. With his international experience in leading roles at global retailers, James is very well qualified to take on this important role within Ahold.
“At the same time I would like to thank Carl for his long-term contribution to our company,’’ Boer added. “During his last 25 years with Ahold, Carl has helped to build a very strong foundation for Ahold USA through his focus on operational excellence and driving customer loyalty by delivering value, quality and service. I am delighted that he has agreed to continue with us in an advisory capacity.”
James McCann (British, 43) joined Ahold in 2011 as chief commercial and development officer. A search for his successor has been initiated.
McCann and his wife will move to the U.S. early next year, and McCann will divide his time between both the Quincy and the Carlisle Ahold USA support offices in Pennsylvania.