Otto Group appoints Dr Hanna Huber Group Vice President Technology Strategy & Governance

29.11.2019 | Hamburg

With effect from 01 December 2019 the Hamburg-based international retail and services company Otto Group is to strengthen its management staff with Dr Hanna Huber. In the newly created post of Group Vice President Technology Strategy & Governance she will report to Sebastian Klauke, Executive Board Member, E-Commerce, Technology, Business Intelligence and Corporate Ventures. The proven digital expert joins the Otto Group from the Berlin-based online fashion platform Zalando.

Following her Electronic Business degree at Berlin University of the Arts, in 2007 Hanna Huber launched her career at the consultancy Complexium, initially as an analyst and later as COO. In parallel she obtained her PhD in Innovation and Social systems at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2012 she moved to Zalando, where she held various posts in the Technology Division. Most recently, as Director Technology Operations she supported the implementation of the technology strategy and defined processes for the online fashion provider’s internationally distributed tech teams. As Group Vice President Technology Strategy & Governance at the Otto Group, Dr Hanna Huber will hold responsibility for the integration of the Group-wide Tech Strategy formally adopted in 2018, amongst other duties.

“The Otto Group is on track to becoming a fully digitalised retail and services company. This development requires stimulus providerscatalysts at the management nerve centres with a deep technological understanding, a broad strategic perspective and a clear vision of the way ahead. In our view Dr Hanna Huber fulfils all these requirements and I am convinced her expertise will help us make great progress”, says Sebastian Klauke, to whom Dr Hanna Huber will report.

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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.