Heine Managing Directors to step down

18.11.2019 | Hamburg

Following the successful functional integration of Heinrich Heine GmbH in the Witt Group, the two Managing Directors Jürgen Habermann and Maximilian Lang are to step down. The Otto Group Executive Board expresses its appreciation of their performance.

As of 01 December 2019 the two Managing Directors of Heinrich Heine GmbH, Karlsruhe, are to be relieved of their duties. As the integration of Heinrich Heine GmbH in the Witt Group has moved ahead faster than planned, the way is now clear for the two Managing Directors Jürgen Habermann (57) and Maximilian Lang (54) to seek fresh career challenges outside the Otto Group.

Jürgen Habermann was appointed Chairman of the Heinrich Heine GmbH Executive Board in November 2014 and since that time has held responsibility for the Board Areas of Marketing, Sales and Human Resources. Jürgen Habermann has been active within the Otto Group since 01 November 1990; he worked at Heine GmbH for many years, reaching the position of Head of Finance and Controlling. Following that he was a Managing Director at Sportscheck for 15 years with responsibility for the Board Areas of Sales and Human Resources.

Following roles at Esprit, Orwell and Escada, Maximilian Lang headed OTTO Textile Buying as Vice President from 2008 to 2011. He then moved to Hess Natur to take over as Managing Director. In 2015, as CEO of Street One he was appointed to the CBR Management Board, before the Otto Group was able to win him back in 2018 as Managing Director Category Management, Purchasing and Advertising at Heinrich Heine GmbH.

Sebastian Klauke, Member of the Otto Group Executive Board and Chairman of the Heinrich Heine GmbH Advisory Board: “We would like to express our sincere thanks to Jürgen Habermann and Maximilian Lang for their many years of outstanding service and their sense of responsibility towards the Otto Group. We particularly emphasise their great commitment throughout the functional integration of Heine in the Witt Group: despite this difficult situation for both of them, Jürgen Habermann and Maximilian Lang have accompanied this process proactively from the very beginning and have contributed their expertise very readily. We are especially grateful to them for this.”


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Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally active retail and services group with around 52,560 employees in 30 major company groups and does business in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services, and Service. In the 2018/19 financial year (to 28 February), the Otto Group generated revenues of 13.4 billion euros. With online revenues of approximately 7.7 billion euros, the Otto Group is one of the world’s largest online retailers. The Group’s particular strength is its broad market presence with differentiated product and service offers to diverse customer target groups in almost all of the world’s relevant economic regions. Numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer know-how and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies demonstrate a high degree of corporate responsibility and willingness to collaborate with one another; at the same time this guarantees flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets.

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