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Delhaize Group Appoints Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development


BRUSSELS, Belgium - January 18, 2007 – Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB, NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announced today the appointment of Nicolas Hollanders as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Mr. Hollanders will assume the organizational development function of Ms. Joyce Wilson-Sanford, Executive Vice President of Strategic Organizational Development and Learning, who will retire as of July 1, 2007, and the human resources responsibility of Mr. Michael Waller, Executive Vice President Human Resources, General Counsel and General Secretary. Mr. Hollanders will report to Pierre-Olivier Beckers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group, and he will become a member of the Executive Committee of Delhaize Group.

Mr. Beckers said, “We are delighted with the recruitment of Nicolas Hollanders, a seasoned executive with international experience in human resources, talent development, general and retail management. The arrival of such a strong executive and the combination of the human resources and organizational development functions of the Group under one leadership represented in the Executive Committee, underline Delhaize Group’s commitment to talent management and development at the core of our strategy.”

Nicolas Hollanders (44) is a Belgian citizen who, after obtaining Master’s degrees in Law and Notary Law and a Post Graduate degree in Economics, started his career as a lawyer. In 1989, he joined Delvaux, a Brussels-based manufacturer and distributor of luxury leather goods and accessories, first as General Manager, and from 1993 as Managing Director. In 1995, Mr. Hollanders joined the executive search firm Egon Zehnder International, where he served successively as consultant, principal and partner. He is Global Head of its Worldwide Life Sciences Practice Group. Mr. Hollanders is Chairman of the Jury “Hors pistes” of the King Baudouin Foundation and founding member and Chairman of Child Planet, a foundation aimed at improving living conditions in children hospitals.

After having served as organizational development executive in the public, banking and utility sectors, Joyce Wilson-Sanford joined Hannaford in 1989 and ultimately became its Vice President of Organizational Development. In 2000, she became Senior Vice President of Strategic Organizational Development for Delhaize America, playing an instrumental role in the integration of Hannaford after its acquisition by Delhaize Group. In 2002, Ms. Wilson-Sanford was named Delhaize Group Senior Vice President for Strategic Organizational Development. In 2005, she was promoted to Executive Vice President of Strategic Organizational Development and Learning for Delhaize Group and became member of its Executive Committee.

Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian food retailer present in eight countries on three continents. At the end of 2006, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 2,705 stores. In 2006, Delhaize Group posted EUR 19.2 billion (USD 24.1 billion) in net sales and other revenues. In 2005, Delhaize Group posted EUR 364.9 million (USD 454.0 million) in net profit. At the end of 2005, Delhaize Group employed approximately 135,700 people. Delhaize Group is listed on Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

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