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Ahold Names New Leadership Team at U.S. Foodservice

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands - Ahold today announced the names of the new executive leadership team that will lead its American subsidiary U.S. Foodservice under c.e.o. Lawrence Benjamin. The company also announced the reorganization of U.S. Foodservice's field operations.

Commenting on these changes, Ahold c.e.o. Anders Moberg said: "Putting this new leadership team and organizational structure in place means that we have reached another important milestone at U.S. Foodservice in our 'Road to Recovery'. I am confident that these changes will help the company restore its competitive strength."

The following appointments have been made since the beginning of this year:

-- Robert Aiken has been appointed e.v.p. - strategy & governance. Previously he was president of Metz Baking Company and Milwaukee Sign Company.

- Garry Brown has been appointed s.v.p. - procurement. Brown has been a procurement consultant for A.T. Kearney and, more recently, Alix Partners.

- David Eberhardt has been appointed e.v.p. & general counsel. Formerly he was deputy general counsel for U.S. Foodservice.

- Robert Fishbune has been appointed c.f.o. Previously he served as c.f.o. of Specialty Foods Corporation.

- David McNally has been appointed c.i.o. Earlier he was an information systems principal with Alix Partners.

- Ann Weiser has been appointed chief human resource officer. Weiser was formerly the e.v.p. of human resources for Ahold's Giant-Landover division.

In the reorganization of its field operations, U.S. Foodservice has established seven distinct units: four geographical units (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West), a chain operations unit, a national accounts sales unit and a Specialty Operations unit consisting of the company's specialty distribution businesses (StockYards, Construction & Design, Next Day Gourmet and Sofco).

U.S. Foodservice distributes food and related products to more than 250,000 customers, including restaurants, healthcare facilities, lodging establishments, cafeterias, schools and colleges. U.S. Foodservice markets and distributes more than 43,000 national, private label, and signature brand items and employs more than 29,500 foodservice professionals.
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