METRO Cash & Carry to further ramp up the digitisation of its organisation with Timo Salzsieder

23 December 2016

On 1 March 2017, at the latest, Timo Salzsieder will assume the position of Chief Solution Officer (CSO) & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at METRO Cash & Carry. He will report to Heiko Hutmacher, Member of the Management Board of METRO AG. In addition to further developing the IT architecture and implementing new processes, Salzsieder is to drive the digitisation of the organisation.

Timo Salzsieder brings more than 20 years of experience in various management functions in the IT and e-commerce sector. After working as an Oracle consultant and on the management board of Loyalty Partner/Payback, he served on the boards of Bertelsmann arvato services and D+S Europe AG. In 2010, Salzsieder took up the function of CIO/CTO at Tomorrow Focus AG and was appointed to the management board of this group which meanwhile operates under the name of HolidayCheck Group AG in 2015. There, he was responsible for product development including IT, product management and customer experience as COO.

“With Timo Salzsieder, we have won a proven expert for IT, e-commerce and customer experience”, says Heiko Hutmacher, Member of the Management Board of METRO AG with responsibility for IT, inter alia. “Our IT architecture, processes and services form the backbone of our wholesale business and are a key element of METRO Cash & Carry’s digitisation strategy to make the digital solutions of our customers even more successful”.

In this position, Salzsieder follows Thomas Storck who assumed the CEO position of METRO Cash & Carry Germany in April 2016, but will continue to also serve as CSO/CIO until the position is filled. “During his tenure as CSO/CIO of METRO Cash & Carry, Thomas Stock achieved a fundamental transformation towards a new, microservices-based, IT landscape and by this means has significantly contributed to the future competitiveness of our business. I would like to express our special gratitude to him for this achievement and for his excellent support during the period until the handover to Timo Salzsieder”.


The METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist Group is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist Group operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2014/15, METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist Group achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.