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09/10/2021

FreshDirect Names New Managing Director

Dave Bass to lead new division of Ahold Delhaize USA
Lynn Petrak
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 FreshDirect Names New Managing Director
Dave Bass

Dave Bass has been named managing director of Ahold Delhaize USA's FreshDirect brand, an online food grocer that delivers fresh meat, fish, produce and specialty items to customers across the New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. metro areas. He takes over for Farhan Siddiqi, Ahold Delhaize’s chief digital officer who was serving as interim CEO for FreshDirect.

Bass, who officially steps into the position on Sept. 20, most recently led omnichannel merchandising support for the Peapod Digital Labs division of the parent company. He was also a SVP at the Retail Business Services arm of Ahold Delhaize and a VP of the central division for retail at Food Lion, among other roles.

“He is a great choice to continue to drive FreshDirect’s growth as a key pillar of Ahold Delhaize’s omnichannel strategy,” remarked Frans Muller, CEO of Ahold Delhaize. 

Bass said he looks forward to helping the company expand its assortment and services to customers on the East Coast. “FreshDirect is a truly unique brand, working directly with local suppliers, growers and farmers to deliver the freshest and best-tasting products directly to people’s doorstep,” he said.

Based in Bronx, N.Y., FreshDirect was founded in 2002 and acquired by Ahold Delhaize and Centerbridge Partners in January 2021.

Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of Zaandam, Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize, is the parent company for Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. companies, consisting of Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Co., Hannaford, and Stop & Shop, as well as e-grocer Peapod; Retail Business Services, a U.S. support services company providing services to the brands; and Peapod Digital Labs, its e-commerce engine. Operating more than 2,000 stores across 23 states, Ahold Delhaize USA is No. 10 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in the United States

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