O’KEY Group names Ivan Dropuljic as Commercial Operations Director, hypermarket and supermarket business

MOSCOW, Russia, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — O’KEY Group S.A. (LSE: OKEY, the “Group”), one of the leading Russian food retailers, announces the appointment of Ivan Dropuljic as Commercial Operations Director for the hypermarket and supermarket business.

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In the role of Commercial Operations Director, Mr. Dropuljic will combine under his management the Commercial Department of the hypermarket and supermarket business, Marketing, Space Management and Quality Control. Mr. Dropuljic is expected to commence his work upon receipt of all the necessary work permission documents. In his new role, he will be primarily focused on strategic and trade marketing, standardization and optimization of portfolio assortment and quality control, to support O’KEY’s strategic transition towards the compact hypermarket format.

Ivan Dropuljic, 37, has a long track record in the food retail industry. Since 2012, he has been Purchasing and Marketing Director and Member of the Board of Kaufland Croatia, one of the leading hypermarket chains in Europe (part of Schwartz Group, a grocery retailer with more than US$100bn in revenues), where during the last two years he was responsible for diverse international projects. Prior to that, he worked as Fresh Food Director at Kaufland Croatia where he achieved success in purchasing process optimization, which enabled the company to double its sales. Prior to that, up to 2007, Mr. Dropuljic held various positions at Pik Vrbovec and Jamnica. Mr. Dropuljic holds an MA degree in Economics from the University of Zagreb. He speaks Croatian, English, German, and Polish.

Miodrag Borojević, Chief Executive Officer of O’KEY Group, said:
“We are pleased to welcome Ivan Dropuljic to the management team. The Russian market is characterized by strong competition and high pace of growth which are driving our strategic transition. I strongly believe that optimization of processes and focus on the key aspects of our business, which Ivan will play a key role in, will enable us to complete our strategic transition in a timely manner and become a trendsetter in our market.”

Ivan Dropuljic commented:
“I am very excited to be joining O’KEY Group. I see enormous potential for the Company’s future business development given its unique customer value proposition and strong team of retail professionals. I believe that standardization of assortment portfolio and marketing mix, along with the modern and efficient supply chain, will enable us to meet the needs of existing customers and increase traffic across our retail chain.

COMPANY OVERVIEW
O’KEY is one of the largest retail chains in Russia. Its primary retail format is the modern Western European style hypermarket which operates under the “O’KEY” brand, complemented by O’KEY supermarkets. The Group is developing an innovative discounter format under the “DA!” brand. O’KEY is the first among Russian food retailers to launch e-commerce operations in St. Petersburg and Moscow,
based on its hypermarket assortment.

The Group opened its first hypermarket in St. Petersburg in 2002 and has since demonstrated continuous growth. As of July 10, 2017, O’KEY operates 109 stores across Russia – 72 hypermarkets, 37 supermarkets and 55 discounters under the “DA!” brand.

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O’KEY Group names Miodrag Borojevic as its new CEO of hypermarket and supermarket business

MOSCOW, Russia, 2017-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — O’KEY Group (LSE: OKEY), one of the leading food retailers in Russia, today (22 March 2017) announced the appointment of Miodrag Borojevic as its new Chief Executive Officer of hypermarket and supermarket business. He will be succeeding Heigo Kera from May 2017. The Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Kera for his distinguished service and tremendous contributions to O’KEY Group, where his leadership, experience and dedication led the company through a challenging macroeconomic and competitive environment, and laid down a solid foundation for O’KEY’s compelling business development strategy and growth prospects. Mr. Kera will hand over the CEO responsibilities by June to ensure smooth transition of responsibilities with Mr. Borojevic, and will continue to serve as Chairman of the O’KEY Group S.A. Board.

Miodrag Borojevic’s Biography

Mr. Borojevic, 48, has in-depth industry expertise in food retail industry. Since 2013, he has been Chief Executive Officer of REWE Italy, where he has achieved strong success in executing a business turnaround. Prior to that, from 2002 to 2013 Mr. Borojevic held various executive positions at Kaufland, one of the leading hypermarket chains in Europe (part of Schwarz Group, a grocery retailer with more than US$100bn in revenues), overseeing its operations in Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Mr. Borojevic speaks English, Italian, Russian, German, Croatian and Bulgarian.

Heigo Kera, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of O’KEY Group, said: “After two years of leading the company through difficult times and achieving the goals set by the board, I feel it is the right time for me to step down. During this time we strengthened the competitive position of our hypermarket and supermarket business, launched important strategic projects, improved the price perception of the O’KEY brand, adapting commercial policies to meet macroeconomic challenges, enhancing in-store shopping concept to make better experience of our customers and introducing the new compact city hypermarket concept. We have built a strong team of dedicated retail professionals which I have enjoyed working with in this challenging environment. I remain a strong believer in O’KEY’s unique business model and customer value proposition which would help it to take advantage of market opportunities to drive growth while maintaining high operational effectiveness.”

Miodrag Borojevic commented: “I am delighted to accept the offer to lead hypermarket and supermarket business of O’KEY Group. I strongly believe in the significant potential for further growth of O’KEY’s business, and see tremendous opportunity to add value for our customers, employees and shareholders in years to come. I look forward to communicating and executing our team’s exciting vision and strategy for the next stage of O’KEY business.”

COMPANY OVERVIEW

O’KEY is one of the largest retail chains in Russia. Its primary retail format is the modern Western European style hypermarket under the “O’KEY” brand reinforced by O’KEY supermarket. The Group is developing the innovative discounter format under the “DA!” brand. O’KEY is the first among Russian food retailers to launch e-commerce operations in St. Petersburg and Moscow based on hypermarket assortment. The Group opened its first hypermarket in St. Petersburg in 2002 and has demonstrated continuous growth ever since. As of March 22, 2017, O’KEY operates 164 stores across Russia – 74 hypermarkets, 36 supermarkets and 54 discounters.

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