Ahold CEO John Rishton today (10 July) outlined a number of management changes at the top of the Netherlands-based retailer - including a change at the helm of its leading US chain.

Carl Schlicker, president and CEO of Giant-Carlisle, is set to take charge of Ahold's larger US business, Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover.

Schlicker will replace Jose Alvarez, who has been moved to the position of executive vice president for global business development, reporting directly to Rishton.

Ahold's Giant-Carlisle business will be run by Sander van der Laan, the executive vice president for marketing and merchandising at the Dutch retailer's flagship domestic chain Albert Heijn.

The changes in the US, a market that accounts for just over half of Ahold's revenue, comes as the company pushes on with an overhaul of its business in the country.

Ahold is revamping its stores in the US and cutting prices under a 2006 plan dubbed the "Value Improvement Programme".

Rishton, who was appointed CEO in November, said the management changes "underscores the importance of the US market to Ahold".

He added: "These appointments will help accelerate the transfer of knowledge across our businesses. We have chosen to make these changes as the Value Improvement Program expands beyond price repositioning."