ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize today announced that chief financial officer Natalie Knight is leaving the company to pursue another career opportunity. A search for a successor has begun, the company said.
Knight joined Ahold Delhaize as executive vice president, finance, in 2020 after more than four years as chief financial officer at European dairy giant Arla Foods. She previously worked as senior vice president of finance at athletic shoes and sportswear company adidas AG.
“Although her time at Ahold Delhaize has been short, I respect Natalie’s decision to move her family back to the United States after more than 25 years in Europe,” Frans Muller, president and chief executive officer at Ahold Delhaize, said in a statement. “During her tenure here, Natalie has had a positive impact on our company, driving greater alignment across the finance function, fueling our Save for our Customers program and taking financial reporting and communication to the next level. Her passion for sustainability and diversity has supported advancing these topics across our business.”
Knight said she is honored to have served the company and its associates during the pandemic. “I am proud that throughout it all, we’ve been able to deliver not only strong financial results but also ensure financial stability of the company, advance e-commerce profitability and increase our future-focused investments such as sustainability,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to continue working with Frans and the team to ensure a smooth transition and to help identify my successor.”
Ahold Delhaize was formed in 2016 with the merger of Dutch company Royal Ahold and Belgian company Delhaize Group. Its U.S. business, Ahold Delhaize USA, operates supermarkets under the Food Lion, Stop & Shop, The Giant Co., Giant Food, and Hannaford banners, as well as related units FreshDirect, Peapod Digital Labs, and Retail Business Services.