IT Industry Alert: Delhaize America Announces New CIO
Delhaize America, a holding company for multiple US supermarket subsidiaries, has announced Michael Laurenti will be joining the company as Chief Information Officer, effective November 17, 2014. Laurenti will be responsible for all Information Technology and Information Security operations following the planned departure of Deb Dixson.
Technology for Customers
Over the last several months, Delhaize has been working on several initiatives to improve customer experience through technology, including retail infrastructure upgrades, virtualizing its pharmacy computing environment (AIX), and consolidating and virtualizing servers at retail locations. DiscoverOrg analysts expect to see the company continue to focus on projects to support retail store fronts and improve customer experience under Laurenti’s leadership.
Retail Technology Leader
Laurenti joins Delhaize with a wealth of knowledge surrounding retail IT, after spending the last 20 years in IT leadership in retail environments. Most recently, Laurenti served as Chief Information Officer for Belk Department Stores and has held leadership positions at Family Dollar Stores, Linens ‘N Things, and Toys R Us.
“Mike brings a wealth of Information Technology leadership to Delhaize America. I am confident that as our new CIO he will continue to deliver a world-class Information Technology infrastructure and innovation for our company,” said Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Holt. “We look forward to Laurenti joining Delhaize America and tapping into his extensive experience to propel our U.S. operations forward, enhance service in our retail stores and leverage technology to better serve our customers.”
Delhaize America runs one of the Southeast’s largest supermarket chains, Food Lion, with over 1,320 stores located mainly in the Carolinas and Virginia. It also operates the Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain (about 165 stores in New England and New York), and 70 Harveys supermarkets.
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