Metro Cash & Carry with new management structure

8 March 2012

  • One single Management Board headed by Frans Muller
  • Business Units are merged and regions reorganised
  • Change in top management in Germany

Metro Cash & Carry, the international market leader in self-service wholesale, is reorganising its management structures. As the company communicated in Düsseldorf on Thursday, the presently two business units "Europe & MENA" as well as "Asia, CIS & New Markets" will be merged into one Management Board with global responsibility headed by Frans Muller as CEO. At the same time, Metro Cash & Carry Germany announced a change in its top management: it is planned that the previous Managing Director John Rix will pursue new challenges within the Group. In his position, he will be succeeded by the Frenchman Dominique Minnaert.  

"We are focusing our structures to be able to respond faster to the economic changes in our 30 countries", said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. "Metro Cash & Carry is the most international and largest sales division of METRO GROUP; we need optimal organisational structures to be able to leverage the huge potential inherent in our wholesale business even better". Frans Muller added: "Our top priority is to be close to our markets and customers and to be able to implement our numerous growth-increasing measures even faster. This is why we are aligning our structures even better with the specific market demands". 

Specifically, the organisational changes involve a merger of the two business units that had up to now each been headed by a dedicated Management Board. As a consequence, the company will have only one globally responsible Management Board for Metro Cash & Carry (MCC) effective from 1 April 2012. Besides the CEO Frans Muller, the other board members will be Diego Bevilacqua as Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, Jeroen de Groot (acting Chief Operating Officer CIS) as Chief Operating Officer as well as Mark Frese and Heiko Hutmacher, who will in future hold the position as Members of the Management Board responsible for Finance respectively Human Resources of Metro Cash & Carry in addition to their responsibilities at METRO AG. A new function on the MCC Board is that of the Chief Operations & Supply Chain, which is still vacant. 

So far, Metro Cash & Carry had been divided into two Business Units, respectively Management Boards for Europe and the Mediterranean region ("Europe & MENA"), on the one hand, and for Asia and the CIS countries ("Asia, CIS & New Markets"), on the other. Within these Management Boards, also Regional Management teams had been created. Metro Cash & Carry is now also reorganising these regional structures: the eight core countries China, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey will in future be managed under the direct responsibility of the CEO Frans Muller. In addition, three Regional Management Teams for the other countries will be set up: one for Western and one for Eastern Europe with head office in Düsseldorf and another one for Asia operating from Singapore. The Regional Management that had so far been responsible for Eastern Europe and operated from Vienna will be relocated to Düsseldorf. The previously responsible Chief Operating Officer for Eastern Europe, Christian Mielsch, will leave the company at his own request and upon mutual consent. "We thank Christian Mielsch for his longstanding, excellent contribution to the success of our company", stressed Frans Muller. 

At the same time, the company informed that - subject to approval by the relevant boards - Dominique Minnaert is to be appointed new Member of the Management Board of Metro Cash & Carry Germany effective 1 April 2012. Minnaert (aged 55) has so far worked as Chief Operating Officer Western Europe and before that as Managing Director of MCC Italy. It is planned that John Rix, previous Managing Director of Metro Cash & Carry Germany, will pursue new challenges within the Group. "We thank John Rix for his great performance", said Frans Muller. "He put MCC Germany back on the growth path and enforced the spirit of customer orientation." 

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most international retailing companies. In 2011 the Group reached sales of around € 67 billion. The company has a headcount of more than 280,000 employees and operates some 2,200 stores in 33 countries. The Group’s performance is based on the strength of its sales brands which operate independently in their respective market segment: Metro/Makro Cash & Carry - the international leader in self-service wholesale, Real hypermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn - European market leader in consumer electronics retailing, and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.