Ahold is an international retailing group based in the Netherlands and serving customers in the United States and Europe.
Our strong and trusted local consumer brands, millions of loyal customers, and dedicated associates make us leaders in our markets. Selling great food has been our core business for 129 years. Today, we have evolved to meet the changing preferences of shoppers through our omni-channel offering. Customers can shop whenever and however is most convenient for them – by means of our great network of stores and market-leading online businesses. In every channel, we offer them all the right choices, with great quality and value and an easy and inspiring shopping experience, making it simpler than ever for customers to bring home healthy products to their families.
We are committed to being a responsible retailer and an even better neighbor by making meaningful contributions in all our communities. We support the health and well-being of our customers, associates and local communities, source our products responsibly and care for the environment.
Our people make it possible for us to do all this. They are passionate about serving our customers and work hard to get better every day. The relationships they develop with customers build their loyalty and are an important part of why they keep coming back to shop with us.
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 Albert Heijn Online 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).
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.
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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