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Newlands Campbell Resigns As President Of Food Lion

Beth Newlands Campbell
Beth Newlands Campbell

Last updated on October 31st, 2014 at 11:58 am

Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell has resigned, effective Nov. 1. She is leaving the company for personal and professional reasons, the Salisbury, North Carolina-based grocer said Thursday. Meg Ham of Bottom Dollar will succeed Newlands Campbell. Food Lion and Bottom Dollar are both owned by Delhaize America.

“We are extremely pleased to tap into internal talent to ensure a seamless transition of Food Lion operations to Meg Ham,” said Kevin Holt, CEO of Delhaize America. “I have full confidence in Meg to continue to lead Food Lion’s transformation and to deliver on the company’s ‘Easy, Fresh and Affordable…You Can Count on Food Lion Every Day’ strategy to enhance the customer shopping experience. Meg has an extensive retail operations and merchandising background with a strong focus on the customer experience and associate engagement.”

Meg Ham
Meg Ham

Ham will lead all Food Lion banner operations, including strategic direction, financial performance, product assortment, pricing, customer service and marketing. She will continue to report to Holt.

“I’m honored to take on this new role at Food Lion, a company that I have been passionate about for many years,” said Ham. “I look forward to maintaining our positive momentum at Food Lion by continuing to deploy our new strategy, serving our customers well and caring for our communities through Food Lion Feeds.”

Ham joined Delhaize America in 1988 and has held a range of leadership roles at both Food Lion and Hannaford.

“I want to thank Beth for her 27 years of service at both Food Lion and Hannaford,” said Holt. “She has led significant improvements at Food Lion during the past two years, with a strong focus on enhancing the customer shopping experience and ensuring that Food Lion’s communities can count on us through our Food Lion Feeds hunger relief efforts. I know our associates join me in wishing Beth and her family all the best in the future.”

Newlands Campbell joined Hannaford, Food Lion’s sister banner based in Maine, as a retail management trainee. During her tenure, she held a variety of leadership positions, from store manager to company president.

Food Lion says it will continue to deliver its “Easy, Fresh and Affordable…You Can Count on Food Lion Every Day” strategy with 45 remodeled stores launching Nov. 12 in the greater Greenville, North Carolina, market.

In other Delhaize America news, Gene Faller, VP of operations for Bottom Dollar Food, will assume leadership responsibilities for the banner. JJ Fleeman, currently SVP of Food Lion strategy, has been promoted to Delhaize America’s chief strategy and development officer. Faller and Fleeman will report to Holt.

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