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Delhaize Group SA (DELB.BR)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Mats Jansson

65 2012 Independent Chairman of the Board of Directors

Frans Muller

55 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Executive Committee

Pierre Bouchut

60 2012 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Executive Committee

Marc Croonen

55 2014 Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President, Member of the Executive Committee

Kevin Holt

58 Executive Vice President, Member of the Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize America

Kostas Macheras

63 2010 Executive Vice President, Member of the Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Southeastern Europe

Frederic van Daele

VP Investor Relations

Nicolas Van Hoecke

Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications

Aurelie Bultynck

Director, Investor Relations

Patrick De Maeseneire

59 2015 Independent Director

Elizabeth Doherty

59 2013 Independent Director

Dominique Leroy

52 2015 Independent Director

Johnny Thijs

64 2014 Independent Director

Claire Babrowski

59 2006 Non-Executive Independent Director

Shari Ballard

50 2012 Non-Executive Independent Director

Jacques de Vaucleroy

55 2005 Non-Executive Independent Director

William McEwan

60 2011 Non-Executive Independent Director

Jack Stahl

63 2008 Non-Executive Independent Director

Luc Vansteenkiste

69 2005 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Mats Jansson

Mr. Mats Jansson has served as Independent Chairman of the Board of Directors of Delhaize Group SA since May 24, 2012. He served as Independent Director of the Company between May 26, 2011 and May 24, 2012. He currently also serves as Independent Board Member of Danske Bank and is Member of JPMorgan European Advisory Council. He began his career with ICA, a Swedish food retailer, holding positions of increasing responsibility over a period of more than 20 years and serving as President of ICA Detaljhandel and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Group from 1990 to 1994. He then served as CEO of Catena/Bilia (1994 to 1999) and Karl Fazor Oy (1999 to 2000). From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Jansson held the position of CEO with Axfood, a publicly-traded Swedish food retailer. From 2005 to 2006 Mr. Jansson served as President and CEO of Axel Johnson AB, a family owned conglomerate of distribution and services companies. Mr. Jansson was President and CEO of SAS, the Scandinavian airline company, from 2006 to 2010. He also previously has served as Director of Axfood, Mekonomen, Swedish Match and Hufvudstaden. Mr. Jansson studied Economical History and Sociology at Orebro Universitet. He is Member of the Governance and Nomination Committee of the Company.

Frans Muller

Mr. Frans W. H. Muller has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Executive Committee of Delhaize Group SA since November 8, 2013. In 1988, he joined KLM Cargo where he served in various management and executive positions in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna, Singapore. Mr. Muller joined the German retailer Metro AG in 1997, first as Operations Director, and then as managing director of its Dutch subsidiary, Makro. In 2002, he served as a board member of Metro Cash&Carry International, and was appointed as regional director for Eastern Europe and Russia. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Muller served as President, Asia Pacific and Russia/Ukraine, Metro Cash & Carry International. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Metro Group Buying, and in 2006, was appointed to the Management Board of Metro AG. In February, 2008, he became CEO of Metro Cash & Carry until his departure in March 2013. Mr. Muller holds a Master in Business Economics from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Pierre Bouchut

Mr. Pierre Bouchut has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Executive Committee of Delhaize Group SA since March 19, 2012. Mr. Bouchut began his career in 1979 with Citibank Paris. He joined Bankers Trust France SA in 1987 to become Vice-President, Finance. In 1988, he joined McKinsey & Company as consultant in the Corporate Finance and Integrated Logistics practices. Between 1990 and 2005, Mr. Bouchut was with Group Casino, where he successively held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer responsible for both the French and international operations (USA, Poland, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Venezuela). Between 2005 and 2009, Mr. Bouchut served with Schneider Group as CFO, developing numerous initiatives in the field of structured finance, risk management and external growth. He joined Carrefour in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and was most recently Executive Director Growth Markets of Carrefour, overlooking operations in Latin America (Brazil, Columbia and Argentina) and in Turkey, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. He was also overlooking Carrefour Personal Financial Services operations worldwide. Mr. Bouchut graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (1977) and holds a Master Degree in Applied Economics from Universite de Paris.

Marc Croonen

Mr. Marc Croonen has served as Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President, Member of the Executive Committee of Delhaize Group SA since May 1, 2014. He is former Human Resources Director of International Paper for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. His responsibility consists of human resources, sustainability, and internal communications functions. He has more than 25 years of experience leading human resources functions in multinational companies. Prior to International Paper, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer of Dexia. He also held senior human relations leadership roles at AB InBev, Danone, and Volkswagen and is a graduate of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with a Masters in Psychology of Organization and Work.

Kevin Holt

Mr. Kevin R. Holt serves as Executive Vice President, Member of the Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize America of Delhaize Group SA. He is responsible for the financial performance and operations of all Delhaize America companies, including Bottom Dollar Food, Food Lion and Hannaford. Delhaize America is the largest division of Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG), an international grocery retailer based in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Holt previously served as President of Retail Operations for SuperValu, a Minnesota-based grocery retailer where he filled a key retail role. During his tenure at SuperValu, the company owned the Albertsons, Jewel-Osco and Save-A-Lot chains and was the third-largest food retailing company in the United States. Prior to his senior executive leadership role at SuperValu, he worked for three years with Sears Holding Company and 14 years with Meijer, working in various leadership positions including Executive Vice President of Retail Operations, Senior Vice President of Information Technology/Services and Strategic Planning. Before joining the retail industry, Mr. Holt spent nine years at NCR delivering technology solutions to large and complex organizations. Mr. Holt holds a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

Kostas Macheras

Mr. Kostas Macheras has served as Executive Vice President, Member of the Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Southeastern Europe of Delhaize Group SA since January 15, 2010. Mr. Macheras is Chief Executive Officer of Alfa-Beta Vassilopoulos and Mega Image. Mr. Macheras joined Delhaize Group in 1997 as General Manager of Alfa-Beta Vassilopoulos. Mr. Macheras started his professional career in retailing in the United States, as purchasing manager at the Quality Super Market Company in Chicago. Mr. Macheras worked for 14 years for Mars Inc. In 1982, he was in charge of sales, marketing and exports in The Netherlands, and later became General Manager for Greece and Italy. From 1996 to 1997 he served as General Manager of Chipita International in Greece. Mr. Macheras has been Board Member of EEDE (Hellenic Management Association) for nine years. He has been Member of the Board of Directors at EASE (Association of Greek Executive Officers) since 2008, and is also currently Board Member of SEET (Association of Greek Food Enterprises). In 2005, he was named Officer in the Order of Leopold II by King Albert II of Belgium. Mr. Macheras holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Piraeus and a Masters of Business Administration in Business Administration & Marketing from the Roosevelt University of Chicago.

Frederic van Daele

Nicolas Van Hoecke

Aurelie Bultynck

Patrick De Maeseneire

Bn. Patrick G. De Maeseneire has served as Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 28, 2015. Since November 1, 2015, Mr. De Maeseneire has been Chief Executive Officer of Jacobs Holding AG, major shareholder of Barry Callebaut AG. Mr. De Maeseneire is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Barry Callebaut AG. Mr. De Maeseneire started his professional career in 1980 at Arthur Andersen (Consulting). Between 1980 and 1997, he held executive positions at Wang, Apple Computer, Sun International and at the Belgian TV station VTM. Between 1998 and 2002, Mr. De Maeseneire held leading positions within the Adecco Group, starting as country manager for the Benelux region before leading the Adecco Group’s worldwide professional staffing business from New York. In 2002, Mr. De Maeseneire joined the chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut where he served as CEO until 2009, when he returned to Adecco as CEO. Mr. De Maeseneire served as CEO of Adecco from June 2009 till August 2015. Mr. De Maeseneire earned a Masters degree in commercial engineering at the Solvay Business School of Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium and a special license in marketing management at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium of Universiteit Gent. Mr. De Maeseneire also completed studies in business management at the London Business School of the University of London, and INSEAD or Institut Europeen d'Administration des Affaires, France. In 2007, Mr. De Maeseneire was granted the title of Baron by King Albert II of Belgium. He has served as Member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Company since May 28, 2015.

Elizabeth Doherty

Ms. Elizabeth Doherty has served as Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 23, 2013. She began her career with Unilever in 1979 as an assistant auditor and then spent the following 22 years serving the organization, assuming positions of increasing responsibility in audit, accounting, supply chain, commercial operations, and finance in multiple countries across Europe and Asia. She left Unilever as Senior Vice President Finance, Central & Eastern Europe in 2001 to enlist with Tesco as its Group International Finance Director where she led that function for six years. In 2007 she joined Brambles Industries as its Chief Financial Officer and most recently served as CFO of Reckitt Benckiser, from 2011 to 2013. In addition to her executive experience she has also served on the Boards of both Brambles Industries and Reckitt Benckiser as well as that of SABMiller. Ms. Doherty graduated from the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Liberal Studies in Science (Physics). She also is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom. She has served as Member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Company since May 23, 2013.

Dominique Leroy

Mrs. Dominique Leroy has served as Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 28, 2015. Mrs. Leroy has been Chief Executive Officer of Belgacom SA and member of the Board of Directors of Belgacom SA since January 2014. She began working at Belgacom as Vice President Sales for the Consumer division in October 2011. In June, 2012, Dominique Leroy held the position of Executive Vice President of the Consumer Business Unit of Belgacom and member of the Management Committee of Belgacom Group. Prior to Belgacom, Mrs. Leroy worked for 24 years at Unilever. She was Managing Director of Unilever Belux and member of Unilever’s Benelux management committee. She previously held various positions in marketing, finance and customer development. Mrs. Leroy is independent Board Member at Lotus Bakeries. Mrs. Leroy holds a degree in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School. She has served as Member of the Governance and Nomination Committee of the Company since May 28, 2015.

Johnny Thijs

Mr. Johnny Thijs has served as Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 22, 2014. He started his career in 1974 at Vanderelst N.V. (Rothmans group) as Product & Marketing Manager for Belgium. In 1981, he was named Marketing & Sales Manager at Masterfoods N.V. (Mars Inc.) for Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France. In 1986, he moved to Cote d'Or-Jacobs Suchard and five years later moved to Interbrew N.V. where he started as Executive Vice President before becoming CEO for Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa from 1995 to 1999. In 2000, he was named CEO of Ter Beke. Mr. Thijs joined Belgian Post in 2002 where he served as CEO until the end of February 2014. Mr. Thijs is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Spadel SA. He studied commercial sciences at the College of Economic Sciences of Transnationale Universiteit Limburg, 1974. He has been Member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company since May 22, 2014.

Claire Babrowski

Ms. Claire H. Babrowski has served as Non-Executive Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 24, 2006. She is Member of the Audit and Finance Committee, and Member of the Governance and Nomination Committee of the Company. She serves on the Board of Directors of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. since March 2011. She is a retired retail executive. She started her career spending 30 years at McDonald’s Corporation, where her last position was Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Restaurant Operations Officer. From 2005 to 2006, she worked for RadioShack, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and then President, Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer. From 2007 until 2010, Ms. Babrowski was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Toys “R” Us. In 1998, she received the Emerging Leader Award from the United States Women’s Service Forum. Ms. Babrowski holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.

Shari Ballard

Mrs. Shari L. Ballard has served as Non-Executive Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 24, 2012. She has been President, International and Enterprise Executive Vice President of Best Buy Co., Inc. since January 2012. Mrs. Ballard began her career with Best Buy in 1993 as an assistant store manager, and took on positions of increasing responsibility before being named Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Legal in 2004. Mrs. Ballard then served as Executive Vice President, Retail Channel Management of Best Buy, responsible for the Best Buy stores across the United States. In 2010, she assumed the role of Co-President of the Americas and Executive Vice President, heading Best Buy's operations throughout North America. Mrs. Ballard graduated from the University of Michigan - Flint with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. She has served as Member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company since May 23, 2013.

Jacques de Vaucleroy

Mr. Jacques M. de Vaucleroy has served as Non-Executive Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 26, 2005. He is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe business unit of AXA since March 2010. He is also in charge of AXA Bank Europe. Since April 2010, he has been Member of the AXA Management Committee. On January 1, 2011, he assumed global responsibility for the Group’s AXA Life and Savings and Health businesses. Mr. de Vaucleroy has made most of his career within the ING Group, where he was Member of the Executive Board of ING Group and CEO of ING Insurance and Investment Management Europe. He has experience in the banking and insurance and asset management business, both in Europe and in the United States. Mr. de Vaucleroy holds a Bachelors degree in Law (Universite catholique de Louvain) and a Master in Business Law (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). He served as Member of the Audit Committee of the Company between May 26, 2005 and December 31, 2006. He has served as Member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company since May 26, 2011, and as Chairman of the Governance and Nomination Committee of the Company since May 22, 2014.

William McEwan

Mr. William (Bill) G. McEwan has served as Non-Executive Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 26, 2011. He started serving as Member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company on May 26, 2012, and became Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of the Company on May 22, 2014. He is a Canadian grocery and consumer packaged goods executive. He began his career at Ferreo’s Ltd, Super Valu Stores, spending 13 years with the company. Between 1989 and 2000, Mr. McEwan held a variety of senior marketing and merchandising roles in the consumer packaged goods industry with Coca-Cola Limited and in grocery retail with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) both in Canada and in the United States. He served as President of A&P’s Canadian operations before his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s United States Atlantic Region, the position he held immediately prior to joining Sobeys Inc. He served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Sobeys Inc. and Member of the Board of Directors of its parent company, Empire Company Limited until June 2012.

Jack Stahl

Mr. Jack L. Stahl has served as Non-Executive Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since August 4, 2008. He served in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of cosmetics company Revlon from 2002 until his retirement in September 2006. Prior to joining Revlon, Mr. Stahl had a 22-year career as an Executive with the Coca Cola Company culminating in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Group President of Coca Cola North America. Mr. Stahl started his professional career as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co. He served on the Boards of pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough until December 2009 and currently serves at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, as well as Member of the United States Board of Advisors of CVC Capital Partners Advisory Inc. He is also a Board Member of several non-profit organizations such as The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and The United Negro College Fund. Mr. Stahl received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Company.

Luc Vansteenkiste

Bn. Luc Vansteenkiste has served as Non-Executive Independent Director of Delhaize Group SA since May 26, 2005. He is President of the Board of the Belgian company Sioen and Vice President of the Board of Recticel. Mr. Vansteenkiste is also Member of the Board of the Belgian company Spector Photo Group. He is Honorary Chairman of the Federation of Belgian Companies. Bn. Vansteekiste was Chief Executive Officer of Recticel until April 1, 2010. He earned his degree in Civil Engineering at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He was Member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Company until May 28, 2015. He has served as Member of the Governance and Nomination Committee of the Company since May 22, 2014.