Apr 2, 2021
German fashion brand Gerry Weber names Angelika Schindler as CEO
Apr 2, 2021
Angelika Schindler-Obenhaus has been named as the new CEO at Gerry Weber. The supervisory board of Gerry Weber appointed the former chief operating officer (COO) as the new CEO for a three-year term, taking effect from the end of the corporation’s 2021 annual general assembly. Gerry Weber is one of the largest fashion and lifestyle enterprises in Europe.
Schindler-Obenhaus takes over the position from Alexander Gedat, who assumed the role temporarily in February 2020. Gedat, who will remain CEO until the end of the company’s annual general meeting in 2021, strives to be elected to the supervisory board at the annual meeting and is willing to assume the role as chairman of the supervisory board. The Gerry Weber board will thus be made up of Schindler-Obenhaus and chief financial officer (CFO), Florian Frank, according to a press release by the company.
Schindler-Obenhaus has been a member of the board of the Gerry Weber group since August 2020. In her role as the COO, she is responsible for the design, production, procurement, and marketing/communication and will now also be taking on the responsibility for sales from Alexander Gedat. Before taking up her post in Halle/Westphalia, she was the board member for purchasing, marketing, and IT at Katag in Bielefeld. She was appointed a member of the Katag management board in 2010 and previously headed, among other things, the strategic coordination of purchasing and sales as well as the company’s expansion management. Schindler-Obenhaus started her career at the department store group Horten and has been working in the fashion industry for almost 40 years, according to Gerry Weber.
“We are incredibly pleased that we were able to win Schindler-Obenhaus for the CEO position and are certain that we are taking the right step at the right time. Schindler-Obenhaus has been a key player in paving the way back to success over the past few months, together with the other two board members, and has brought strong focus on execution and put the Gerry Weber brand back on track. Gedat has been successfully navigating the company as the current CEO through what some would argue to be the most challenging time, following the insolvency proceedings in self-administration.
Together he and Frank initiated all the necessary measures to secure the company’s future when the pandemic started. They have significantly strengthened management team and operations of the business. With liquidity secured we look forward to growing Gerry Weber back into the strong business it once was,” Tobias Moser, chairman of the supervisory board of Gerry Weber said in a statement.
“I feel very blessed to work with Frank and an incredibly motivated team. I’m grateful for the trust that the supervisory board has placed in me, and also for the trust of our employees, who have all blown me away since I started at Gerry Weber. We are optimistic about our future and want to build on our previous success with Gerry Weber by again becoming the leader in the modern classic mainstream segment,” Schindler-Obenhaus said.
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