Whitey Basson to step down as Shoprite CEO
Whitey Basson will be succeeded as Shoprite CEO by chief operating officer Pieter Engelbrecht on January 1, the grocery chain announced at its annual general meeting on Monday morning.
Shoprite chairman Christo Wiese said Basson had spearheaded Shoprite's pioneering expansion into the rest of Africa after 1994.
"He also successfully acquired and integrated Grand Bazaars, Checkers and OK Bazaars. He fully deserves his reputation as one of SA's 'retail giants'."
Engelbrecht, 47, is a 20-year veteran of the Shoprite Group.
Basson will remain with Shoprite as non-executive vice-chairman, available to management to ensure an orderly leadership transition.
"I look forward to being a sounding board for Pieter Engelbrecht and his team as they take the company forward and continue the high standards we have always set ourselves as the supermarket with the lowest prices and the highest level of customer satisfaction" Basson said.