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05/06/2021

FreshDirect CEO departs

David McInerney co-founded FreshDirect in 1999; the company was acquired by Ahold Delhaize last fall.
David Salazar
Managing Editor
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David McInerney, the co-founder and CEO of FreshDirect, is departing the e-grocer, which was acquired by Ahold Delhaize last fall. McInerny, who co-founded the company in 1999, will continue on in an advisory role until the end of October, with Ahold Delhaize chief digital officer Farhan Siddiqi serving as FreshDirect CEO on an interim basis, effective May 5. 

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David Mcinerney, via LinkedIn

“FreshDirect has been an amazing, life-changing, 20-year adventure for me,” McInerney said. “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." 

The company said it would begin a search for a new CEO of FreshDirect who will lead the division as a member of Ahold Delhaize. 

“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.”