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Delhaize announced this morning that Rick Anicetti, the longtime CEO of Food Lion who just four months ago was named executive vice president of Delhaize Group and CEO of Delhaize America Shared Services, has left the company, effective immediately.

No further information or reason was given for his sudden departure. One source told MNB that the announcement came after a series of “meetings and discussions” between Anicetti and Pierre-Olivier Beckers, President and CEO of Delhaize Group and of Delhaize America.

In another organizational change, Carol Herndon, currently Senior Vice President of Accounting and Finance of Delhaize America, has been named Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Delhaize America, reporting to Beckers.

And Ron Hodge, Executive Vice President of Delhaize Group and CEO of Delhaize America Operations, will add Human Resources for Delhaize America to his current responsibilities. Ron will continue to report to Beckers and serve as member of Delhaize Group's Executive Committee.

"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 in a prepared statement.
KC's View:
It is too early to jump to any conclusions about the reasons for Anicetti’s departure; the second and third day stories on this one will be instructive.

I will say this. I like Anicetti a lot. He’s always been gracious and generous to me in our various dealings (as have almost everyone in the Delhaize culture) and I hope that whatever the reasons for his leaving, this ends up being a positive story for him.