Royal Ahold, the international food provider, today announced that the Board of its Scandinavian joint venture ICA Ahold AB has made the following appointments:

Effective February 1, 2001, Dirk Anbeek, Chief Financial Officer of Ahold´s European Competence Center, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the 50/50 joint venture ICA Ahold AB. Anbeek, 37, will be succeeded by Maarten Dorhout Mees, who has been appointed Chief Financial Officer Ahold Europe. Dorhout Mees, 43, will combine this position with his current duties as Executive Vice President European Business Development.

Also effective February 1, 2001, Eric ter Horst has been appointed Senior Vice President Human Resources/Management Development of ICA Ahold AB. Ter Horst, 42, is currently Vice President Management Development Europe. His current responsibilities will be largely assumed by Marten Booisma, Director Management Development Europe within Ahold´s European Competence Center, and Arthur Brouwer in his position of Chief Staff Officer within the Competence Center.

ICA is the biggest retailing group in the Nordic region with a total of 4,600 stores, mainly in Sweden and Norway but also in Denmark and the Baltic countries with sales of over Euro 7 billion. In April 2000 Royal Ahold and the Scandinavian market leader established the 50/50 joint venture company ICA Ahold AB, making ICA part of Ahold´s global network. ICA employs 47,000 associates.