Grocer Ahold has appointed former Tesco and Carrefour executive James McCann to a newly created role on its corporate executive board as chief commercial and development officer, effective September 1. This position will help drive the retailer’s growth strategy. McCann will focus on developing “innovative ways to serve customer needs, build customer loyalty and broaden Ahold’s offering”. He will be responsible for leading ecommerce initiatives and strengthening the online business globally. He will play a key role in expanding the company’s operations in new markets.