21.06.2018 | Hamburg
At today’s meeting of Hermes Europe’s Supervisory Board, Olaf Schabirosky was appointed CEO of Hermes Germany with immediate effect. His previous responsibilities as Manager Services and Finance will be taken over by Hendrik Schneider as of 1 July 2018. Hendrik Schneider is currently Managing Director of OTTO Shared Services GmbH and in his new role he will also serve as Chief Financial Officer of Hermes Europe. The current CEO Frank Rausch and Chief Operating Officer Dirk Rahn have decided by mutual and amicable agreement to leave Hermes Germany.
“On behalf of the Otto Group Executive Board, I would like to thank Frank Rausch and Dirk Rahn for their strong commitment”, says Kay Schiebur, Member of the Otto Group Executive Board, Services. “Through the success of their efforts over many years, they have played a key role in establishing the Hermes Group as one of the leading logistics companies in Europe, thereby making a valuable contribution to the Otto Group. We wish them all the best and great success in the future both professionally and personally.”
Olaf Schabirosky began his corporate career in 1994 in the internal consultancy of the Otto Group and since then has worked very successfully in various functions for the Group. After serving as Managing Director in Korea, among other roles Schabirosky went on to head Purchasing Management at OTTO and served as Director Strategic Projects. In June 2014 he was appointed Managing Director of Hermes Germany where he was responsible for the areas of Finance IT, Digital Lab, Consulting and Projects, HR, Legal and Central Services.
Hendrik Schneider also looks back on a career at the Otto Group spanning many years. In 2001 he joined the Group as an investment controller, becoming a Team Lead in Controlling at Bonprix in 2004. In 2007 he joined OTTO and made a significant contribution to the further development of Profit Centre Controlling, which he later managed. In July 2013 Schneider became Managing Director of OTTO Shared Services GmbH.
“I am extremely delighted that two successful and strong leaders, Olaf Schabirosky and Hendrik Schneider, take over these key positions at the helm of Hermes Germany and give themselves the task of refocusing the company in a very demanding competitive environment”, says Kay Schiebur, who was appointed new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hermes Europe at the Supervisory Board Meeting. Going forward, the Executive Board of Hermes Germany will comprise Olaf Schabirosky, Hendrik Schneider, Thomas Horst and a Managing Director for Operations who is yet to be appointed.
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Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally operating retail and services group with around 51,800 employees. The Group includes 123 major companies and is present 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 2017/18 financial year (to 28 February), the Otto Group generated turnover of 13.7 billion euros. It is one of the world’s largest online retailer. E-commerce, catalogue sales and over-the-counter retail form the three pillars of the Otto Group’s Multichannel Retail strategy. Its worldwide corporate activities, 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 operate largely independently, guaranteeing flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets.