Michael Laurenti will join Delhaize America as CIO on Nov. 17, succeeding Deb Dixson, who plans to retire.
In his new position, Laurenti will oversee all information technology (IT) and information security operations, which support the company's millions of customers, 100,000 associates and 1,300 stores.
"Mike brings a wealth of information technology leadership to Delhaize America," said Kevin Holt, CEO of the Salisbury, N.C.-based company. "[A]s our new CIO, he will continue to deliver a world-class information technology infrastructure and innovation for our company." Holt noted that in his new role, Laurenti would be "tapping into his extensive experience to propel our U.S. operations forward, enhance service in our retail stores and leverage technology to better serve our customers."
"Through technology … we will continue to help each of Delhaize America's banners drive sales growth," noted Laurenti, who has more than 20 years of retail IT experience, having previously worked at Family Dollar Stores, Linens 'N Things and Toys "R" Us. His most recent role was CIO for Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk Department Stores.
Delhaize America companies include Bottom Dollar Food, Food Lion and Hannaford Supermarkets. The organization is part of Delhaize Group, an international grocery retailer based in Brussels, Belgium.