Chief Financial Officer
Geert Verellen joined Maple Leaf Foods in January 2020 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the finance function, including financial reporting, controlling and treasury functions, internal audit, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Verellen brings 25 years of experience in diverse finance roles, of which 17 years in the retail industry in Europe and North America. Prior to Maple Leaf Foods, Geert served as Regional CFO Canada, Japan and India at Walmart since 2018. He joined Walmart Canada in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer overseeing business performance management, commercial finance, controlling, strategic sourcing, BPR and internal audit functions.
Before moving to Canada from Belgium, Mr. Verellen served as CFO for Delhaize Belgium leading financial and operational accounting, business process re-engineering, business performance management and indirect procurement. Prior to that, he served as Delhaize Group’s Investor Relations Officer and Director of Accounting for its Belgian operations. Mr. Verellen also previously worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP in both the United States and Belgium as a CPA (Belgium).
Mr. Verellen holds a master’s degree in Commercial Engineering as well as a degree in accounting from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and a degree in Corporate Finance, from the Vlerick Leuven Management School in Ghent, Belgium. He is a licensed pilot and speaks Dutch, French and English.