PARIS – Gebr. Heinemann’s Kay Spanger, a widely known determine within the travel-retail trade, will likely be retiring on the finish of 2020.
The 62-year-old govt spent greater than 4 a long time at what’s now among the many world’s largest travel-retail operators, primarily based in Germany.
Dirk Schneider succeeded him as Heinemann’s chief business officer on Sept. 1, whereas Spanger is to stay with the corporate till the top of 2020 in an advisory position.
Schneider comes from European vogue agency S. Oliver Group, the place he served most lately as chief digital and working officer.
“With Kay Spanger, we bid farewell to an actual symbolic determine,” Max Heinemann, chief govt officer of Gebr. Heinemann, stated in an announcement.
Spanger began at Heinemann on Sept. 1, 1979, as an apprentice. For greater than 20 years he has been liable for the group’s buying and logistics departments, after having labored in virtually all different areas of the corporate.
Spanger, as an example, offered ship suppliers and transport firms with duty-free gadgets for his or her well-liked “booze cruises.”
He then went on to the fragrance and cosmetics buying division, the place he performed a key position in establishing that class, which was new for Heinemann on the time.
“Kay Spanger is a doer and achiever, who has at all times pursued his occupation with a number of zest,” stated Claus Heinemann, a co-owner of Gebr. Heinemann. “As a purchaser at Gebr. Heinemann, you need to have a excessive affinity for our merchandise, and Kay Spanger has at all times been smitten by each single article in our vary.”
Gunnar Heinemann, one other group co-owner, stated of Spanger: “Above all, he’s a ‘Heinemann’ with all his coronary heart. If there may be one one that embodies our firm worth – ‘we persevere’ – in a particular means, it’s Kay Spanger. On behalf of all the proprietor household and the manager board, we want to thank him for an amazing cooperation primarily based on belief and his excellent contribution to our enterprise.”
“The assist of the house owners, in addition to my colleagues from the manager board and all Heinemann staff worldwide, has enabled me to accompany this agency up thus far. What I actually respect is the liberty that has at all times been given to me in each respect and the belief that has been positioned in me,” stated Spanger. “I want to personally inform my brother Raoul how proud I’m that we’ve got labored collectively for such a very long time for the advantage of the corporate.”
He was referring to Raoul Spanger, Heinemann’s chief working officer.
Kay Spanger plans to spend extra time along with his household, associates and canines. For years now, he has been concerned with a husky farm in Norway, which trains of canines for sledding, and environmental applications reminiscent of Clear up Svalbard, and can intensify his concentrate on these.
Spanger will proceed, as effectively, to serve on the supervisory boards of two fragrance distributors, in Germany and Scandinavia.
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