Ahold has appointed Dick Boer as chief executive of the company, with effect from March 2011. He will succeed John Rishton, who is leaving to become chief executive of Rolls-Royce.

Boer, who has been with the company since 1998, is chief operating officer of Ahold’s European division and member of the corporate executive board.

Sander van der Laan, general manager of Ahold’s Dutch supermarket division Albert Heijn, will replace Dick Boer as chief operating officer of Ahold Europe.