MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada announced today
the appointment of Dirk Van den Berghe as president and CEO. Mr. Van
den Berghe will assume his new role effective August 1 and will report
to Shelley Broader who was recently promoted to president and CEO of
Walmart's EMEA Region which encompasses the retailer's operations in
Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada.
Mr. Van den Berghe holds 30 years of international experience across
Europe, Asia and the United States. He joins Walmart from the Delhaize
Group, a leading global food retailer with operations in eight
countries and three continents where most recently he was CEO for the
company's Belgium and Luxembourg operations.
"We're very pleased Dirk will be leading Walmart Canada as we celebrate
20 amazing years of saving Canadians money so they can live better,"
said Ms. Broader. "Under Dirk's leadership, Delhaize has been
successful in several countries, and his vast experience will allow us
to strengthen our growing food business in Canada and complements our
highly-successful general merchandise operation. One of Walmart's
greatest strengths is having exceptional leaders to drive our continued
growth, and Dirk is a prime example of this talent."
"Walmart Canada is a remarkable and intensely customer-focused business
with a track record of growth and performance," said Mr. Van den
Berghe. "I'm honoured to have the privilege to lead this dynamic
business and team and serve our customers through Walmart's nearly 400
stores in Canada and its online business walmart.ca.
I look forward to working with our 95,000 fantastic Canadian associates
to continue to build on this success."
In addition to his extensive international retail background, Mr. Van
den Berghe has two decades of experience teaching international
business at universities across Europe, Asia and the United States, and
more than a decade of experience as an international trade commissioner
for the Government of Belgium. He holds a Ph.D in Economics from Sofia
University in Bulgaria and speaks seven languages including English,
French and Dutch. Mr. Van den Berghe and his family will relocate from
Belgium to the Toronto area.
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 391 stores nationwide serving
more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship
online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 300,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000
associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is
ranked one of the country's top 10 most influential brands. Walmart
Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting
Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has donated and
raised more than $200 million to Canadian charities. Additional
information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.
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SOURCE: Walmart Canada
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