Dutch grocery giant Ahold has named Jeff Carr as its new chief financial officer.

Carr began his career at Unilever and includes stints at Associated British Foods and Reckitt Benckiser on his CV. He is currently a non-executive director at cleaning goods manufacturer McBridge.

He joins from travel operator FirstGroup, taking over from the outgoing Kimberly Ross. As finance chief and executive vice president, Carr will have responsibility for the supermarket’s real estate and IT functions and will oversee the Ahold’s ongoing €350m cost-cutting programme.

“Jeff has an impressive track record and broad experience in the consumer goods and services industry on both of the continents where Ahold operates,” said chief executive Dick Boer.

“He has been CFO of listed companies since 2005 and has worked and lived in Europe and the US. His background and expertise in finance will help us to pursue our growth strategy.”

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