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The Very Group appoints non-executive chair

Prior to joining The Very Group, Berghe has held board roles at Walmart, JD.com and Flipkart Group.

The Very Group has appointed Dirk Van den Berghe, former Walmart executive vice president and regional chief executive for Asia, as its non-executive chair.

In his most recent executive roles with Walmart, Berghe was responsible for Walmart’s business in Canada, China, India and Japan. He also oversaw Walmart Global Sourcing, supporting all Walmart’s divisions in the United States and international markets.

Prior to joining Walmart, Berghe held a number of senior roles in Asia and Europe at global retail business Ahold-Delhaize, then Belgium-headquartered Delhaize Group. This includes CEO of Delhaize-Le-Lion in Belgium, France and Luxemburg between 2011 and 2014, and a position on the group’s global executive committee.

Additionally, Berghe has also previously held board roles at JD.com and Flipkart Group.

The Very Group said he has “long-standing” experience as a member of private, family and public boards. He is currently a non-executive director at Colruyt Group, a Belgium-based and Western Europe-focused retail and energy group. 

Henry Birch, CEO at the Very Group, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Dirk’s calibre and experience join our company as chair. Dirk has successfully transformed and grown some of the very best companies in ecommerce, marketplaces and payments, and we believe he will make a material difference in helping us achieve our growth aspirations. 

“He is the perfect person to lead our board and assist with strategic options that we are considering over the coming year as we enter the next important phase of the group’s development.” 

Berghe added: “It is a privilege to become the chair of The Very Group. The business has transformed into a digital leader in the UK and Ireland, and is ideally positioned to benefit from increasing consumer demand for both online shopping and flexible payments. I look forward to working closely with the board to deliver profitable growth over the years.”

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