Company profile

Ahold is an international retailing group based in the Netherlands and active in the United States and Europe.

The company is built on a solid foundation, with strong and trusted local consumer brands, millions of loyal customers, leadership in our markets and proud associates. Operating supermarkets and selling great food has been our core business for over 125 years.

Today, we serve our customers’ changing needs by offering them their channel of choice. We have a great network of stores and market-leading online businesses. Through our omni‑channel offering our customers can shop anytime, anyhow and anywhere that is most convenient for them.

We work to be an even better neighbor and make meaningful contributions in all our communities. We support the health and well-being of our customers, associates and communities, source our products responsibly and care about the environment.

We are able to offer customers great quality and value, an easy and inspirational shopping experience, and all the right choices because of our people. Our associates are passionate about serving our customers and getting better every day. The relationships they build with our customers are an important part of why they keep coming back to shop with us.

Company structure

Ahold is comprised of a Corporate Center and three platforms: Ahold USA, Ahold the Netherlands and Ahold Czech Republic, each of which contains a number of businesses. This structure helps us effectively execute our strategy and balance local, continental and global decision-making.

The Netherlands segment comprises Albert Heijn in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany; and Etos, Gall & Gall, and ah.nl in the Netherlands. Albert Heijn is led by the CEO Albert Heijn and COO Ahold Netherlands, to whom the heads of the other businesses report. Bol.com, which operates in the Netherlands and Belgium, reports directly to Ahold’s Chief Commercial Officer.

The Czech Republic segment consists of Albert in the Czech Republic. It is led by a General Manager who reports to Ahold’s CEO.

In the United States, Ahold USA is organized into four retail divisions: Giant Carlisle, Giant Landover, Stop & Shop New England, and Stop & Shop New York Metro. Each of these has a Division President reporting to Ahold USA’s Executive Vice President of Operations, who in turn reports to the COO of Ahold USA. The Peapod online business is also part of Ahold USA.

We also hold a 49% interest in JMR - Gestão de Empresas de Retalho, SGPS. S.A. (JMR).

Our leadership

The Company’s Management Board has ultimate responsibility for the overall management of Ahold. The Company also has an Executive Committee that is comprised of the Management Board as well as certain key officers of the company, is led by the Chief Executive Officer and is accountable to the Management Board. The Management Board is supervised and advised by a Supervisory Board. The Management Board and the Supervisory Board are accountable to Ahold’s shareholders.

Corporate Center

Ahold’s international headquarters are based in Zaandam, the Netherlands. The Corporate Center is responsible for the Group strategy and functions that support the business, including the strategy office, finance, internal audit, legal, compliance, insurance, human resources, communications, responsible retailing, mergers & acquisitions, and information management. We also have Corporate Center offices located in the United States and Switzerland.

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