Schwarz Group Management succession

von Hans Jürgen Schulz
Donnerstag, 12. März 2020
Gerd Chrzanowski (left) follows Klaus Gehrig.
Schwarz Gruppe
Gerd Chrzanowski (left) follows Klaus Gehrig.
Klaus Gehrig, CEO of German retail giant Schwarz Group, has announced his successor. His deputy Gerd Chrzanowski will be at the helm with immediate effect. Melanie Köhler will also be promoted.
The change at the top has been in the making for more than a year: In spring 2019 Gerd Chrzanowski was appointed Klaus Gehrig's deputy. This marked the way forward. With immediate effect, Chrzanowski will now be trained in his new role alongside Klaus Gehrig. "In the past, Gerd Chrzanowski has proven his personal, professional and above all strategic qualities in various management functions and tasks," said Gehrig.

Chrzanowski was a member of the Lidl Executive Board from 2008 to 2014 before taking over the management of Schwarz Zentrale Dienste. Melanie Köhler, Chrzanowski's deputy to date, will take over as Chairman of the Management Board of Schwarz Dienstleistungen. In recent years, group-wide service structures have been established in the company.

At the head of Lidl and Kaufland, the two CEOs, who have so far only been acting provisionally, are confirmed in their positions. Ignacio Paternò for Lidl and Frank Schumann for Kaufland are now CEOs of the divisions. At Kaufland, Stephanie Griesbaum is also promoted to the position of Deputy Chairwoman of the Management Board.

This text was originally published in German and machine-translated into English.

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