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Zalando reappoints COO as Chief Business and Product Officer exits

Sophie Smith
13 December 2022

Zalando has announced the departure of its Chief Business and Product Officer Jim Freeman on 31 March 2023.

Freeman, who first joined Zalando in 2018 as SVP Technology, will work closely with the management board on his handover and "remain close to the company thereafter".

Zalando said Freeman has played an "instrumental part" in developing Zalando’s strategy focused on deepening customer relationships.

The announcement coincides with the reappointment of David Schröder as Chief Operating Officer.

Schröder will work to scale Zalando’s European multi-channel logistics network and unlock new growth opportunities, including helping partners to boost their direct-to-consumer business across a variety of channels.

Robert Gentz, Co-CEO of Zalando, said: “David Schröder has been an absolutely integral part of Zalando's success story since 2010 and together, we have reached many company milestones on the journey from a start-up to a company that now serves over 50 million customers through its pan-European infrastructure."

Cristina Stenbeck, Chairperson of the Zalando Supervisory Board, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to continue working with David Schröder as Chief Operating Officer as he further scales Zalando’s unique capabilities and offerings. David had a tremendously profound impact on our business and his work is crucial to unlock new growth opportunities.

"The Supervisory Board also wishes to express its gratitude to Jim Freeman for his leadership and execution of the overall strategy.”

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