Blog: Former Ahold boss Dr Albert Heijn dies
Petah Marian | 14 January 2011
Dr Albert Heijn, the former president of Dutch grocery operator Ahold, died yesterday (13 January) at his British home in Herefordshire.
The grandson of Albert Heijn, who founded the Albert Heijn supermarket chain in 1887, Dr Heijn was born in the Netherlands in 1927, joining the company in 1948 and becoming president of its executive board in 1962.
The Heijn family led the transformation of the company from a Dutch supermarket chain into a major international food retailing group.
The company said Dr Heijn helped create the grocery empire on the "deceptively simple premise that doing what is right for the business starts with what is right for the customer".
One of his most significant contributions to the grocery industry was his role in the establishment of a uniform barcode that remains the global standard today.
Following his retirement in 1989, he remained involved in Ahold as a member of the supervisory board until 1997.
Ahold CEO John Rishton said: "Albert Heijn was a remarkable man. He was a spirited entrepreneur whose vision has helped shape the global food industry. He was a warm and charismatic leader who was passionate about people - both those who worked for the company and all who shopped at our stores. My thoughts, and those of my colleagues on the corporate executive board, are with his wife Monique and their family."
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