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• Ahold Delhaize announced that Wouter Kolk, Brand President of Albert Heijn, has been named the company’s COO Europe and Indonesia effective January 1, 2019, succeeding the retiring Pierre Bouchut.

At the same time, Xavier Piesvaux will be appointed Brand President Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg effective September 11, 2017, succeeding Denis Knoops.

• The Chicago Tribune reports that Kraft Heinz has named 29-year-old David Knopf to be its new CFO, succeeding Paulo Basilio, who has been named zone president of the company's U.S. business. Knopf is a former Goldman Sachs executive who “joined Kraft Heinz in July 2015 when Kraft Foods merged with H.J. Heinz Co.”

The Tribune notes that “Knopf's promotion to CFO at such a young age is firmly in line with the culture of Kraft Heinz, which is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh. The company, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital, is known for being a place where ambition and results are valued over experience.”
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