Food Lion parent Delhaize Group (NYSE:DEG) has named Kevin Holt as chief executive for its North American operations, effective July 7.

He will oversee Delhaize America, the U.S. division of the Belgian international food retailer.

Holt was formerly president of retail operations at SuperValu Inc. (NYSE:SVU). He also will become a member of Delhaize Group’s executive committee.

The post has been vacant for roughly nine months after then-CEO Roland Smith resigned following a management shakeup.

Since…