Dutch supermarket group Laurus has announced that it has made three appointments aimed at strengthening the operational management of its three retail formats, Edah, Konmar and Super de Boer.

Jean-Brice Hernu has been appointed to the group management board with effect from 1 January 2005 and has assumed responsibility for shared services, including logistics, supply chain management, Laurus central purchasing and category management, marketing research and quality and environment.

With Hernu’s appointment, Laurus said group management board chairman Harry Bruijniks will be able to devote even closer attention to the change processes taking place within the company.

Walter de Wit has been appointed operations manager at Edah/Lekker & Laag with effect from 10 January. De Wit has experience in various management positions, with Philips, Aldi, Ahold and other employers.

Jan Heuving, who has been logistics manager at Laurus for several years, has been appointed operations manager at Super de Boer from 10 January.

“Laurus will continue to work hard on the renewal of its retail formats in 2005 and is confident that these appointments will make a valuable contribution to that process,” the company said.