Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Local Court in Düsseldorf appointed Gwyn Burr (51), former executive manager at Sainsbury’s, as member of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG. In this function, she succeeds Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe who had been appointed Undersecretary of State at the British Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in summer 2014 and therefore had to resign from her position on the Supervisory Board of METRO AG.
“Gwyn Burr is an acknowledged retail expert. Her more than 25 years of experience in top management positions with various British retail companies will be a very valuable addition to the Supervisory Board of METRO AG”, said Franz Markus Haniel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG.
Burr served on the Management Board of the British retailer Sainsbury’s PLC until April 2013 with responsibility for Marketing, Own Brands, Communication and CSR as well as Customer Service. Before that, she held various management positions with the Walmart subsidiary Asda. In addition, she holds non-executive board mandates with various British companies.
Gwyn Burr’s appointment by the Local Court will expire at the end of the annual general meeting of METRO AG scheduled for 20 February 2015. A continuation as a member of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG will be determined by vote of the general meeting.
METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14 it generated sales of around €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.