Jef Colruyt passes CEO torch to Stefan Goethaert

Jef Colruyt passes CEO torch to Stefan Goethaert

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Colruyt Group informs that Executive Chairman Jef Colruyt will hand over the day-to-day management of the group to Stefan Goethaert as of 1 July 2023. He will become the new CEO of Colruyt Group. Jef Colruyt remains Chairman of the Board of Directors of Colruyt Group.

Stefan Goethaert joined Colruyt Group in December 2012. After starting out in the logistics chain, he became director of Fine Food in September 2013 to later on, as from the beginning of 2019, also manage the Private Label and Retail Services business. Since April 2022, he has been COO Food Production, Business and Group Services. As a civil engineer, he started his career in the chemicals sector at Prayon where he managed the production sites in Belgium, France and the US, as Operations Director.

Jef Colruyt: "Stefan brings a solid international management experience, combined with the required leadership skills and a value-driven vision. Having worked in the group for 10 years, he has the necessary competence and a thorough knowledge of the various activities to further shape and realise Colruyt Group's strategy in a retail market that is in full evolution. The daily management and the future of Colruyt Group are in good hands with Stefan and his Management Committee."

Stefan Goethaert: "On behalf of Colruyt Group's management, I would like to thank Jef Colruyt for shaping the group for all these years into what it is today. Under Jef's visionary leadership, Colruyt Group was able to grow into a solid market leader in Belgium with ramifications in several countries, and into a pioneer in sustainable initiatives and technological innovations. Jef is known for his passion for people, value-driven entrepreneurship and sustainability. I and the entire Colruyt Group community are pleased to be able to continue to rely on his extensive knowledge and experience in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Finally, I would like to personally thank Jef Colruyt for the trust placed in me, and look forward to working together with the Management Committee and with all employees to put our best foot forward to serve our customers day after day."