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Jumbo Restructures Management, Names New COO

Dutch retailer Jumbo has announced the appointment of former Albert Heijn director, Cees van Vliet, as its new chief operating officer.

The retailer has restructured its top management to create the position, which will assist the company in streamlining its operations.

Cees van Vliet will also be a member of the company's executive board, which includes chief executive, Frits van Eerd; chief customer officer, Colette Cloosterman-van Eerd; and chief financial officer, Ton van Veen.

An Experienced Professional

van Vliet is an experienced professional who joined Albert Heijn in 1996, and most recently, served as its director of shops and distribution.

He was also active as a director with the Vereniging van Grootwinkelbedrijven in Levensmiddelen (VGL), the Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelenhandel (CBL) and Detailhandel Nederland, Jumbo said in its statement. 

Commenting on his appointment, Jumbo chief executive, Frits van Eerd, said, "Cees is a retail man in heart and soul who brings a lot of experience. He will mainly act as a bridge between the strategic development of our family business and the daily implementation in the stores."  

Organisational Changes

The retailer will also introduce more changes in its organisational structure in the head office in Veghel.

It has also set up 'Fit for Purpose' teams where employees from different portfolios collaborate cross-functionally on a theme, topic or issue.

"It is precisely at a time when we are growing very fast that we need to provide a solid foundation for the future. We want to remain an entrepreneurial, customer-oriented, effective organisation with as little complexity and bureaucracy as possible," van Eerd added.

© 2020 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Dayeeta Das. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine.

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