ROSH HAAYIN, Israel, November 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel Ltd. (NYSE: BSI) (hereinafter: "Alon Holdings") announced today that Mr. Motti Keren has been appointed to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Megal Retail Ltd., the Company's subsidiary operating supermarkets under different formats, commencing January 1, 2013.
Mr. Keren joins Mega Retail with management experience in the food industry, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, Mr. Keren has served as the President of Unilever Central Europe, which covers six countries, where he led the business to growth with improved profitability and market share. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Keren served as the CEO and Chairman of Unilever Israel, where he developed and executed a five-year business strategy to turn around an under-performing business, and from 2001 to 2004, he served as the Supply VP of Unilever Israel where he led a workforce of 1,000 employees across five production sites. Mr. Keren holds a BA and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
David Wiessman, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Decision Maker said, "We are pleased that Motti has agreed to join our team. We believe Mega Retail will benefit from his broad management experience."Alon Holdings Blue Square- Israel Ltd. (hereinafter: "Alon Holdings") is the leading retail company in the State of Israel and operates in four reporting segments: In its supermarket segment, Alon Holdings, through its 100% subsidiary, Mega Retail Ltd., currently operates 213 supermarkets under different formats, each offering a wide range of food products, "Near Food" products and "Non-Food" products at varying levels of service and pricing. In its "Non-Food" segment, Alon Holdings, through its 100% subsidiary BEE Group Retail Ltd., operates specialist outlets in self operation and franchises and offers a wide range of "Non-Food" products as retailer and wholesaler. In the Commercial and Fueling Sites segment, through its [78.43]% subsidiary, which is listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange ("TASE"), Dor Alon Energy in Israel (1988) Ltd is one of the four largest fuel retail companies in Israel based on the number of petrol stations and a leader in the field of convenience stores. Dor Alon operates a chain of 202 petrol stations and 209 convenience stores in different formats in Israel. In its Real Estate segment, Alon Holdings, through its TASE traded [78.22]% subsidiary Blue Square Real Estate Ltd., owns, leases and develops yield generating commercial properties and projects. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, plans or projections about our business and our future revenues, expenses and profitability. Forward-looking statements may be, but are not necessarily, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," and words and terms of similar substance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements to be materially different from any future events, results, performance, circumstance and achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the following: the effect of the recession in Israel on the sales in our stores and on our profitability; our ability to compete effectively against low-priced supermarkets and other competitors; quarterly fluctuations in our operating results that may cause volatility of our ADS and share price; risks associated with our dependence on a limited number of key suppliers for products that we sell in our stores; the effect of an increase in the minimum wage in Israel on our operating results; the effect of any actions taken by the Israeli Antitrust Authority on our ability to execute our business strategy and on our profitability; the effect of increases in oil, raw material and product prices in recent years; the effects of damage to our reputation or to the reputation of our store brands due to reports in the media or otherwise; and other risks, uncertainties and factors disclosed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC), including, but not limited to, risks, uncertainties and factors identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our Registration Statement on Form F-3 (File no. 333-177138) filed on May 31, 2012. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release. Contact: