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ZAANDAM, Netherlands - Ahold today announced new roles for two key executives in its U.S. retail management team. Jon Wilken, president & CEO of BI-LO, is appointed
president, convenience stores, Ahold USA. Wilken is succeeded by Dean Cohagan, currently executive vice president operations at sister company Stop & Shop.
In the newly created role of president, convenience stores, Wilken will lead Ahold U.S.A.'s efforts to drive the profit growth of these businesses and develop the future direction. Wilken joined BI-LO in 1988 and was appointed president & CEO 10 years later. He was instrumental in the May 2000 acquisition of Ahold's convenience store and gas station operation, Golden Gallon.
Successor Cohagan held various positions in sales and merchandising at Stop & Shop before being appointed EVP Operations in 1998.
Announcing the appointments, Bill Grize, Ahold corporate executive board member and president & CEO AholdUSA Retail, said, ?"on and Dean will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition. Our convenience store business will benefit from enhanced focus, and from Jon's depth of experience. Dean is a proven leader who brings a strong track record of delivering results. I look forward to working with Jon and Dean in their new roles."