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Lidl UK boss heading to Germany

Fri 26 November 2021 12:32 | A A A

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(Sharecast News) - Supermarket chain Lidl announced on Friday that Christian Härtnagel will step down as chief executive of the company's UK operations to take up the same role in Germany.

Current deputy CEO Ryan McDonnell will become CEO of Lidl GB. The company said Härtnagel will start in his new role on 1st March 2022 and McDonnell on 1st February.

Härtnagel has been CEO of Lidl GB for more than five years, having been promoted from chief operations officer for Austria, where he was responsible for sales and operations. He has been with Lidl for more than 18 years, holding a variety of roles including regional director at Lidl Ireland.

He will replace Matthias Oppitz as CEO for Germany.

Härtnagel said: "It feels special, both personally and professionally, to be given the opportunity to go back to the country where I started my career many years ago, and to take the helm of the biggest market in the Lidl family.

"I've worked closely with Ryan for some time and have every faith in his ability to lead Lidl in Great Britain, and to build on the team's fantastic track record in recent years. I feel very proud to leave the company in such capable and safe hands. Ryan and I are focused on delivering the best Christmas ever for our customers."

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