Conrad has shaken up its management team, naming Holger Ruban as its new Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Jorn Werner who will leave the company. Ralph Goedecke responsible for IT and the Internet and Bernhard Bach, Finance complete the new Conrad board of directors. Bach will retire at the end of this year. His successor has been appointed but her name will not be revealed until she joins the company.
Werner was appointed Conrad CEO when Werner Conrad took on the role of Chairman of the Administrative Board in early 2012. He was the first external CEO in the company’s 90 years of history.
“Jörn Werner joined at a very crucial time. And turned out to be the perfect man for the job,” explains Conrad. “He guided our company along the way to what it is today: a globally operating multi-channel retailer centred around eCommerce“.
Werner returns the compliment: “I am very proud of what we’ve all been able to achieve at Conrad over the past years. And I really enjoyed working with everyone.“
The new CEO has been promoted from within the company. Holger Ruban has been responsible for Conrad Holdings‘ global business operations. Lea-Sophie Cramer, CEO of Sonoma Internet will join the company’s administrative board.
Conrad is keen to promote from its own ranks to set an example for all company employees that it is possible to develop a senior management career at the company. In this context, newly appointed managing directors Klaus Mittermayr and James Bell have been appointed to oversee Conrad Holdings’ global business operations. Both came up through the company ranks.
“We believe that keeping a proper balance between innovation and our long-established company values is the key to our company’s ongoing success in the future,” says Werner Conrad. “Which, in this day and age, isn’t always easy. At the moment, we need to prioritise new approaches, without losing touch with our roots and core values.”
There’s definitely new wind blowing through Conrad, and not only in the boardroom. Over the past 3 years, the company has invested a massive €100m in business development.
This included expanding the B2B business, boosting cross-border and global operations and extending the company’s logistics and distribution facilities based in Wernberg-Koeblitz, Germany.
The product range has increased to 600,000 products.