FreshDirect co-founder and CEO to depart
Ahold Delhaize announced that David McInerney, co-founder and CEO of FreshDirect, the Northeast’s leading pure-play online fresh food grocer, stepped down effective May 5. He will continue in an advisory role through the end of October 2021. Farhan Siddiqi, chief digital officer of Ahold Delhaize, will serve as interim CEO and assumed overall leadership responsibility on May 5.
“FreshDirect has been an amazing, life-changing, 20-year adventure for me,” said McInerney. “I have been so fortunate to have worked alongside an incredible team of talented, dedicated people who all share the same passion for our mission — to make great fresh food easy to get. Our amazing farmers, ranchers and fishermen have inspired me every day as partners, teachers, and true friends. With the commitment and support of Frans, Farhan, and the entire Ahold Delhaize team, FreshDirect is in excellent hands and well positioned for continued success."
Siddiqi said, "On behalf of Ahold Delhaize, I want to thank David for his dedication and leadership over the past two decades. As co-founder, David has been instrumental in establishing FreshDirect’s philosophy in bringing the best fresh and high-quality products to people’s doorsteps in the Tri-state area. We will ensure a smooth transition and honor FreshDirect's unique customer-focused and food-centric culture and deep connection with its suppliers. FreshDirect's customers will continue to enjoy the high-quality fresh food, great tasting products and stellar service for which FreshDirect is known.”
A search will be initiated for a new CEO, who will lead FreshDirect in its next phase of growth as a member of the Ahold Delhaize family of great local brands. Ahold Delhaize and Centerbridge Partners announced Nov. 18, 2020, that they had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FreshDirect, based in New York City. The sale closed on Jan. 5, 2021.