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Hugo Boss COO Heiko Schäfer to depart

Tom Bottomley
20 May 2022

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hugo Boss, Heiko Schäfer, will leave on 31 May 2022 “to pursue a new professional assignment outside of the group”.

Schäfer joined Hugo Boss in March 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and under his leadership the company has made important strides in digitalising and streamlining product development and logistics.

He also realigned the group’s manufacturing to fit the casualisation trend which was accelerated by the pandemic, and he strengthened the company’s sustainability efforts, doubling the share of responsible styles within the collections.

Hermann Waldemer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hugo Boss, said: “Heiko Schäfer had an important impact in building an effective, digitised, and more sustainable operations backbone since joining the company.

“His work also helped to stabilize Hugo Boss during the COVID-19 crisis, and accelerate afterwards with full force. We thank Heiko Schäfer for his excellent contribution, and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

Daniel Grieder, CEO of Hugo Boss, added: “Heiko Schäfer clearly pushed the ‘Organise for Growth’ targets as part of our CLAIM 5 strategy, and further increased efficiency and flexibility along our value chain.”

Schäfer commented: “I am grateful and proud to have been a member of the Hugo Boss family and part of a strong leadership team. I am convinced that the operational excellence we built will support the company’s growth plan in the years to come.”

The departments reporting to Heiko Schäfer will be divided among the remaining management board departments, with Daniel Grieder taking responsibility for global product development. Yves Müller will assume responsibility for sourcing, own manufacturing, logistics, and sustainability.

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