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Ahold Delhaize appoints Natalie Knight as EVP, finance

Christian Fernsby | Zaandam, The Netherlands | October 22, 2019
Natalie KnighAhold Delhaize, a food retailer, announced the appointment of Natalie Knight as executive vice president finance for Ahold Delhaize and member of the executive committee, effective March 1, 2020.
Ms. Knight will be nominated by the Supervisory Board to be appointed as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Management Board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Shareholders in April 2020.

Ms. Knight joins Ahold Delhaize from Arla Foods, a global dairy company based in Denmark, where she most recently has served as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s Finance, Legal, and IT functions.

In this role, she was instrumental in the company’s transformation and efficiency program, called Calcium, which meaningfully lowered the company’s cost basis.

In addition, she led the company’s digital strategy process and has driven significant cash generation and working capital improvements.

Prior to joining Arla Foods, Ms. Knight worked 17 years in adidas where she led the acquisition of Reebok for adidas.

She then served as CFO of adidas North America, where she led major cross-functional cost reductions and operational transformation efforts, returning the company to record profitability.

Ms. Knight’s last role with adidas was as SVP of Group Functions Finance, leading a finance team in strategic and financial support for the Group’s Global Operations, Procurement, Finance, Real Estate, Legal, HR, IT and Executive functions.

Ms. Knight holds a Master of Economics from the University of Berlin, Germany and a Bachelor of Business and German from the University of Arizona, in the United States.

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