Alfred Glander will become CEO, while Hans-Jörg Gidlewitz will remain responsible for the Finance, IT and HR divisions as CFO. In the future, the two managing directors will be supported by nine Senior Vice Presidents from the most important company divisions. This Extended Management Board will be responsible for all operational activities. Company founder and owner Torsten Toeller will remain Chairman of the Non-Executive Board . This Board will work closely with the extended management team to continue to push corporate development to greater success. At the same time, Folkert Schultz will make the move from management to the five-person Non-Executive Board. Marc Lukies will step down from the management team and will assume a new role at Allegro Invest SE, the family office of Torsten Toeller.
CHALLENGE 2020, Fressnapf's strategy programme initiated three years ago, was the prevailing reason for their new organisation structure. It will allow Fressnapf to pursue the goal of being the best point-of-contact for its customers and their pets. In 2013, Fressnapf already committed itself in its company mission statement to doing everything it can to make the relationship between owners and pets easier, better and happier.
“We are acting from a position of strength so that we can also grow in the future while generating sustainable profits. In this way, we will expand our market leadership in Europe across all channels”, Alfred Glander explains, emphasising the decision of Torsten Toeller and the Non-Executive Board. “Our customers are always at the centre of every action, and we want to get to know and serve their needs every day, across all channels.” Glander has already been a manager at the Fressnapf Group for five years. “The organisational changes are a logical continuation of our corporate development. With the new structure, we want to manage further growth efficiently as a closely linked team”, Glander continues. Alfred Glander, in his former capacity as Managing Director of Merchandise, Cross Channel Marketing and Logistics, has already combined essential divisions of the company and focussed their efforts towards joint goals. In his new leadership role, he is planning to continue expanding brick-and-mortar stores considerably, and nearly double the store network in the next five years. He will continue to drive the integration and internationalisation of the strongly growing online channel, in order to cultivate the company as an integrated cross channel retailer.
“For me, it was the logical next step in Fressnapf’s development to hand over operational decision-making to a management board under the leadership of Alfred Glander”, owner Torsten Toeller affirms. “In the future, I will work less in the company, and much more on the company and its overall strategic direction. Alfred Glander is the best CEO for Fressnapf. We consciously staffed our Extended Management Board with experienced, highly qualified executives from within our company”, Toeller explains.