Düsseldorf, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Effective 15 September, METRO GROUP is combining its functions Corporate Communications and Public Policy under one roof. The current Group Director Corporate Public Policy of METRO AG, Michael Wedell, is taking over the management of the newly created function Corporate Communications and Public Policy.
Wedell joined METRO GROUP in 2009 as the founding director of the group’s representative office in Berlin and has been responsible for the representation of group’s global interests and foreign affairs since 2014. As before, Wedell is reporting to Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of Metro AG. Rüdiger Stahlschmidt, currently Director External Communications of METRO AG, will be heading Corporate Communications within the new function Corporate Communications and Public Policy, taking on responsibility for internal and external communications. As such, he will report to Michael Wedell.
With the merger of functions, communications with the relevant target groups are to be linked more closely and allow intensified and more efficient cooperation. Bundling the political, external and internal communications is of particular importance for the strategic positioning of the group and will enhance a clear approach to all stakeholders.
Michael Wedell, who before joining Metro gathered experience with the economy, politics and media, is succeeding Peter Wübben who is leaving the company on his own initiative at the end of September.
Rüdiger Stahlschmidt started his career at METRO AG in 2008 as a spokesman and headed METRO AG’s press department effective 2010 before moving up to his current position as Director External Communications in 2013.
METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates over 2,000 locations in 29 countries and employs more than 220,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets. More information on www.metrogroup.de
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Source: Metro Group