June 21, 2014
Dirk Van den Berghe Named President and CEO of Walmart Canada
Mississauga, ON – 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.
Van den Berghe holds 30 years of international experience across Europe, Asia, and the U.S. 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," says 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," says 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."