Ahold Names New Member of Corporate Executive Board

Ahold has nominated Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh to its Corporate Executive Board as chief corporate governance counsel, replacing Peter Wakkie, who revealed his plans to retire from the Amsterdam-based retail conglomerate in June.

In his new role, Hijmans van den Bergh, who joins the company on Dec. 1, will handle Ahold’s legal, corporate governance and compliance functions. He will also be responsible for mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate responsibility.

A Dutch national, Hijmans van den Bergh is currently partner and member of the managing committee of Amsterdam-based law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which he joined in 1988 and where he heads the corporate practice.

“The role of chief corporate governance counsel continues to be of vital importance to Ahold,” noted Chairman of the Supervisory Board Rene Dahan. “Lodewijk’s knowledge of Dutch law and corporate governance and his broad-ranging international experience make him ideally suited to take on this role.”

Hijmans van den Bergh’s nomination will be on the agenda of Ahold’s annual shareholders’ meeting, which is scheduled for April 2010.
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