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Executive shake-up at Delhaize Group

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgian international food retailer Delhaize Group announced on Wednesday that both Roland Smith, CEO of Delhaize America, and Pierre-Olivier Beckers, CEO of Delhaize Group, are leaving the company.

Smith, who assumed the role of president and CEO of Delhaize America and EVP of Delhaize Group in October 2012, resigned on Wednesday from his role as CEO of Delhaize America but will be available as a senior advisor to the CEO until the end of the year. Following Smith’s departure, the company’s U.S. operations will report to the Delhaize Group CEO.

Appointed as the new CEO of Delhaize Group is Frans Muller, effective Nov. 8. Muller will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers, who will remain available to advise the new CEO until year-end and continue to serve on the board of directors in a non-executive capacity thereafter. In order to ensure a seamless transition, Muller will join the company on Oct. 14, prior to assuming the role of CEO.

“I am delighted to welcome Frans to the Group. He has all the qualities to lead the company to the next level of its development and I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition,” Beckers stated.

“Our U.S. business continues to deliver positive results and we have a solid foundation upon which to build. There is a strong leadership team in place and we look forward to further progress in the U.S. I want to thank Roland for his significant contributions to the success of Delhaize America, particularly the energy and focus he brought to the business. I am pleased that he will be available as a senior advisor to the CEO until the end of the year,” Beckers added.

Most recently, Muller served as member of the management board for Metro AG, an international retailing company, and CEO of Metro Cash & Carry, with direct responsibility for approximately 740 stores in 29 countries.


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Cardinal Health names influential healthcare vet to board

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health on Wednesday announced that its board of directors has elected Patricia Hemingway Hall, president and CEO of Health Care Service Corp., as an independent director, effective Sept. 12. 

"We are extremely pleased that Pat is joining our board of directors," stated George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "Pat has had a distinguished career, and we know that she’ll make tremendous contributions to our board. Pat’s experience in leading large and complex businesses, combined with her health care and payor knowledge, will be particularly relevant as health care continues to evolve. We are excited to welcome Pat to the Cardinal Health board."

Hemingway Hall has served as president and CEO of HCSC, the nation’s fourth largest health insurer, since 2008. Previously, she served as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and as president and COO of HCSC. Beginning in 1975 as a critical care nurse, her career has included a number of executive leadership positions with healthcare services companies, including Aetna Life & Casualty/Partners National Health Plans and A. Foster Higgins.

She has received numerous recognitions for her leadership in the healthcare industry, most recently being included among the top 25 on Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2013 "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" list.

Hemingway Hall serves on the boards for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Health Care Leadership Council, and Manpower Group. She also serves on the boards of the National Institute for Health Care Management, Economic Club of Chicago, World Business Chicago, and Chicago Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. Hemingway Hall is chairwoman of Chicago United, an executive advisor for the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council and a Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

She earned a master’s degree in public health, health planning and administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of science in nursing from Michigan State University.


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China e-commerce spending to jump ahead of U.S. this year, report finds

BY Alaric DeArment

SHANGHAI — Online spending in China is set to bypass the United States this year and double within two years, according to a new study.

According to Bain & Co.’s annual China E-commerce Report, spending online by consumers in China reached 1.3 trillion yuan ($212.4 billion) in 2012 and will surpass the United States this year, reaching 3.3 trillion yuan ($539.2 billion) by 2015, when it will be 50% more than in the United States. The Bain report did not give a figure for U.S. e-commerce spending, but according to the Department of Commerce, e-commerce spending in the United States in 2012 was about $224.3 billion.

"While surpassing the U.S. is a major milestone for e-commerce in China, the key finding in our report is that there’s no longer a meaningful distinction between retailers’ brick-and-mortar, web and mobile strategies," Bain’s Retail Practice China-based partner and study co-author Serge Hoffmann said. "If you’re not reaching Chinese consumers seamlessly across all of these channels, you’re missing out on a major growth opportunity."

The report includes a survey of 1,300 consumers in China, living in large and small cities and representing various age, education and income levels.


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