Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize CFO Natalie Knight will leave the company to pursue a career opportunity in the U.S., the Dutch retailer announced on Tuesday. Knight has given six months' notice, and a search for her replacement has begun.
“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,” President and CEO Frans Muller 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. I look forward to our continued collaboration through the next months as we further implement our Leading Together Strategy.”
Knight was named CFO in April 2020, just a month after she joined Ahold as EVP of finance.
Knight said in a statement that it “has been an honor to serve this great company and its associates during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic showed us the importance of grocery retail in the communities we serve. 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. I look forward to continuing working with Frans and the team to ensure a smooth transition and to help identify my successor.”
Ahold Delhaize banner stores in the U.S. include Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Martin’s, Giant Food and Food Lion.