Tuesday , November 24 2020

Hofer: a surprising change at the top



Hofer: a surprising change at the top

Sattledt. Gnther Helm (39) leaves, Horst Leitner (52) comes.


Hofer: A surprising change at the top

Horst Leitner (on the left) takes over Gnther Helm. Photo: Hofer

After eight years at the helm of the Hofer supermarket chain, Gnther Helm retires at the end of the month at his own request. This gave a discount on food yesterday, on Wednesday, with Horst Leitner, also a long-time Hofer employee, appears in Helm.

52-year-old Leitner has been working in the retail group since 1992 and is gradually moving up to the career level in the discount store. After a few years of managing the central purchases of the Hofer Group, he moved to the USA. There he was initially responsible for the central purchase of Hofer Aldi's mother in the USA. Since 2016, Leitner has also been a member of the Aldi USA state board.

The food expert takes over a well-managed house from Helma. The German company Aldi-Sd celebrates its 50th birthday this year. With 500 branches and over 11,000 employees, Hofer is one of the most important players in the local food retail sector. Only in the last four years, the number of locations has increased by 50. The focus was on the last place in Vienna, where, thanks to the acquisition of the Zielpunkt location and new buildings, currently over 100 branches attract customers. Hofer is currently in competition against Rewe and Spar.

From Sattledt, Hofer also manages the markets of Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, and recently also Italy for the Aldi Group. Successful entry into the Italian market is one of the advantages of Gnther Helm. He also supported the further development of international purchases of the corporate group.

A successful networker

A trading company wished he'd fired Helms. It is a "very personal decision".

The place where the 39-year-old appears again is exciting. In Upper Austria, Linz is active on the starting stage. He is involved in young Andmetics (cosmetics) and Presono (presentation technology). At the same time, he is one of the best managers in the network in the country. For example, Helm is close to the Minister of the Law Office Gernota Blmel (VP). Since the beginning of the year, he has been a member of the Nomination Committee of the state investigative holding (soon the sack), which decides who will be sent to the supervisory board of state-owned enterprises.

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