International News - Prague spring for Ahold with formation of MittelEurope headquarters

Ahold has integrated its central European operations, which will now be run from a head office in Prague.

The Dutch supermarket group, which has stores in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will merge sourcing, human resources, marketing and formats and IT.

The changes were driven by the need for economies of scale and to share knowledge within the business.

Ahold Central Europe, as the new centralised organisation is called, will be headed by chief executive officer Jacquot Boelen. He previously headed Ahold Polska.

The day-to-day running of Ahold in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be managed within each country.

Ahold reported third-quarter sales up 5.8 per cent to EUR16.4 billion (£10.36 billion). Organic sales growth, excluding currency impact, increased by 1.5 per cent. In Europe, sales increased by 6.6 per cent to EUR5.5 billion (£3.47 billion).