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Zalando Co-founder David Schneider steps down from his role as co-CEO

May 16, 2024 Germany
Zalando Co-founder David Schneider steps down from his role as co-CEO
The German-based online retailer has announced that David Schneider will step down from his role as co-CEO to focus exclusively on managing strategic partnerships and brand relationships
As a result, David Schröder will become co-CEO of Zalando alongside co-founder Robert Gentz. These changes are designed to ensure the effective execution of the company’s strategy to build the business around two growth vectors: Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B).

One of Zalando’s strengths has always been to adapt our strategy and rotate the roles and responsibilities of its strong leadership team to make sure everyone complements each other and serves the ever-changing needs of customers and partners,” said David Schneider, who co-founded Zalando with Robert Gentz in 2008.

In his new role, David Schneider will be fully dedicated to building partner relationships across Zalando’s B2C and B2B vectors and further positioning the Zalando brand. This move recognises the critical role of partnerships in the company’s strategy.

On the other hand, Schröder will focus on building the B2B operating system that enables e-commerce across Europe on and off the Zalando platform, as well as further developing the company’s unique capabilities and infrastructure. Co-founder Robert Gentz remains Co-CEO and will focus on consolidating Zalando’s position as the leading European destination for “quality fashion, lifestyle shopping and inspiration”.

We are thrilled that David Schröder, who has been an integral part of Zalando’s success story since the early days in 2010, will take on the Co-CEO role to scale our B2B growth vector. On a personal note, I’m excited to focus even more on serving the needs of partners, lifting our deep partnerships across the industry to the next level”, he concluded.

All changes will come into effect as of the 1st of September 2024.


Image Credits: corporate.zalando.com


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