Otto Group announces the departure of Manufactum Group Executive Director Dr Christopher Heinemann

Hamburg, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dr Christopher Heinemann (48), Executive Director of the Manufactum Group, has decided not to extend his contract in order to take up new career challenges outside the Otto Group.

Dr Heinemann joined the Executive Board of the Manufactum Group in 2006 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008 following the company’s full acquisition by the Otto Group. Alongside the commercial Areas and HR, he most recently also held responsibility for the creative functions Product & Assortment, Text & Image as well as Marketing. He will continue to carry out these tasks in the transitional period before he leaves the Manufactum Group later this year.

“We very much regret Christopher Heinemann’s departure and express our thanks already today for his very successful work and extraordinary commitment”, says Dr Rainer Hillebrand, Deputy Chairman of the Otto Group Executive Board and Chairman of the Manufactum Group Advisory Board. “We wish him all the best and continued success in his personal and professional future.”

Max Heimann (43), Executive Board Member responsible for the Retail, Customer Centre, and Home Shopping Areas, as well as the food and beverages concept ‘brot & butter’, will additionally take over the commercial Areas and HR. A successor is currently being sought for the creative functions.

About the Otto Group

Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally operating retail and services group with around 49,750 employees. The Group includes 123 major companies and is present in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services and Service. In the 2016/17 financial year (to 28 February), the Otto Group generated turnover of 12.5 billion euros. It is one of the world’s largest online retailer. E-commerce, catalogue sales and over-the-counter retail form the three pillars of the Otto Group’s Multichannel Retail strategy. Its worldwide corporate activities, numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer knowhow and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies operate largely independently, guaranteeing flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets.

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Source: Otto Group

NGA announces the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as VP and Executive Director for NGA Foundation

Arlington, VA, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (Jan 3, 2017) announced the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as Vice President and Executive Director for the NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGA Foundation).

“On behalf of NGA, we are thrilled to be expanding the NGA Foundation under the leadership of Elizabeth. She joins us during a very exciting time of growth for our organization and the foundation, said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “With an impressive background in development, outreach, and non-profit work, Elizabeth will be a valuable asset to the foundation. We welcome Elizabeth to the team,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin.

“The hiring of an executive director for the NGA Foundation is a part of NGA’s continued commitment to strengthen the independent supermarket industry through research, education, and training,” said Neal Berube, Chairman of the NGA Foundation Board of Directors.

Before joining the NGA Foundation, Crocker served as senior director of development and outreach for SHAPE America, where she led all corporate sponsorship, outreach, fundraising, partnerships, and business development for the organization. Prior to her role at SHAPE America, Crocker was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Rural Service, a national non-profit that serves as the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association for nearly eight years. She has held staff positions in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies.

As executive director, Crocker will be responsible for developing the strategy and managing the day-to-day operations for the NGA Foundation.

The NGA Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees.


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Source: NGA