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In the wake of Rick Anicetti’s abrupt departure, Carol Herndon, former SVP of accounting and finance of Delhaize America, will head up the company as its chief administrative officer (CAO) reporting to Pierre-Olivier Beckers, president and CEO of Delhaize Group and Delhaize America.
Anicetti, EVP of Delhaize Group and CEO of Delhaize America Shared Services, left the company last week. Delhaize declined to offer comments about why Anicetti left, or what his future plans may be.
“I want to thank Rick for his significant contributions to the company, both as CEO of Food Lion, LLC and as CEO of Delhaize America Shared Services, where he helped to lay strong foundations for Delhaize America's further development,” said Beckers.
As CAO of Delhaize America, Herndon will have oversight responsibilities for finance, information technology, legal and government relations, communications, and corporate development. “Carol will bring a wealth of experience and the strong leadership credentials she has earned during her long standing and successful career with the company to the newly created position of chief administrative officer of Delhaize America,” noted Beckers.
Herndon joined Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion in 1989 and held various senior positions, including EVP of accounting and analysis and information technology for Food Lion, CAO for Delhaize America, CFO and CAO of Food Lion, and most recently as SVP of accounting and finance of Delhaize America Shared Services.
Before joining Food Lion, Herndon, a certified public accountant, was a manager with Ernst & Young in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Ron Hodge, EVP of Delhaize Group and CEO of Delhaize America Operations, will add human resources for Delhaize America to his current responsibilities. He will continue to report to Beckers and as a member of Delhaize Group’s Executive Committee.