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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Delhaize Group said yesterday it had appointed Nicolas Hollanders as e.v.p. of human resources and organizational development.
Hollanders, who is joining the company from executive search firm Egon Zehnder International, will assume the organizational development function of Joyce Wilson-Sanford, e.v.p. of strategic organizational development and learning, and the human resources responsibility of Michael Waller, e.v.p. human resources, general counsel, and general secretary. Wilson-Sanford will retire as of July 1, 2007.
Hollanders will report to Pierre-Olivier Beckers, president and c.e.o. of Delhaize Group, and will become a member of the executive committee of Delhaize Group.
At Egon Zehnder International, Hollanders served as consultant, principal, and partner. He is global head of the firm's Worldwide Life Sciences Practice Group.
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, Hollanders joined Egon Zehnder International. Hollanders is also 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, Wilson-Sanford joined Hannaford in 1989 and ultimately became its v.p. of organizational development. In 2000, she became s.v.p. of strategic organizational development for Delhaize America, playing an instrumental role in the integration of Hannaford after its acquisition by Delhaize Group. In 2002, Wilson-Sanford was named Delhaize Group s.v.p. for strategic organizational development. In 2005, she was promoted to e.v.p. of strategic organizational development and learning for Delhaize Group and became member of its executive committee.