As CEO of the group, formed in 2018, Holt guides each of Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands as they focus on winning with customers locally and capturing leading market share, a position the brands currently hold in 95 percent of the markets they serve. A true transformation champion, Holt continues to lead the company’s transformation for the future, fueling a culture where associates find purpose in their work each day and positioning Ahold Delhaize USA to deliver an unparalleled omnichannel and ecommerce experience for consumers.
Prior to his current role, Holt served as chief operating officer of Ahold USA from 2016 until assuming his current position. As COO, he played a key role in the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, which has been recognized as one of the industry’s most successful M&A transactions to date.
Prior to that, Holt was chief executive officer of Delhaize America, parent company of Food Lion and Hannaford, a position he began in 2014. In that capacity, he was instrumental in helping each of the consumer brands grow market share through organizational transformation, which brought decisions closer to the customer, focused on local products and merchandising, and improved efficiencies through supply chain and technology advancements.
Earlier, Holt served in executive leadership positions for SuperValu and Meijer, leading these companies through successful merger and acquisition activity and delivering technology and innovation to enhance consumer experience. Before entering grocery, Holt spent 20 years in the technology sector with NCR delivering solutions to large, complex organizations.
Education, Board and Professional Affiliations
Holt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics from Ferris State University. He serves on the board of directors of the Food Marketing Institute, an industry trade association. Additionally, he chairs the Food Marking Institute Foundation, which is committed to collaborating within the food industry to address social concerns.