Dutch retailer Ahold has announced that Andrew Parkinson has been named as president of its wholly-owned US online grocer subsidiary Peapod, effective 1 October.

Parkinson replaces former president and CEO Marc van Gelder who is returning to the Netherlands to join the executive board of OPG Group, a pharmacy and medical supply retail and distribution company.

Parkinson, together with his brother Thomas, founded Peapod in 1989. Most recently he served as the company's chief financial officer.

"Ahold intends to grow its online grocery business and offer customers another convenient way to shop," said Bill Grize, president and CEO of Ahold US Retail.