CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold has appointed the former head of one of its European supermarket chains to an executive position in its U.S. division.
Ahold USA said it appointed Jan van Dam as EVP supply chain and e-commerce, in which he will focus on supply chain for the company's four U.S. divisions, Stop & Shop in the New York area and New England, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle. He will also be responsible for the company's e-commerce business with Andrew Parkinson, president and general manager of online grocery company Peapod, reporting to him.
Van Dam has worked for Ahold for 17 years, previously serving as president and CEO of Albert/Hypernova, a supermarket chain operating in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Before that, he was general manager of Dutch retail pharmacy chain Etos and also served in a number of leadership positions at the Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn.
"Jan will add valuable retail expertise to Ahold USA's leadership team," Ahold USA COO James McCann said. "Jan's responsibility over the e-commerce side of our business will also enable us to accelerate its expansion and maximize supply chain synergies across Ahold USA and Peapod."