DUSSELDORF—As a result of the integration of the holding companies of Metro Group and Metro Cash & Carry International, which form Germany’s largest retailing group, the communications function has been restructured. Headed by Michael Inacker, the new communications, public affairs and corporate social responsibility unit will be responsible for the activities of both Metro Group and its wholesale subsidiary Metro Cash & Carry.
The corporate communications department at Metro Group will now be responsible for external communication and media relations, internal communication, group PR and marketing as well as digital media, under the leadership of Peter Wübben who until recently was head of corporate communications for Metro Cash & Carry.
The media relations department will be headed by Rüdiger Stahlschmidt, formerly spokesman of Metro Group. Jeanette Hütten, who had been the spokeswoman for the German activities of the wholesale subsidiary, will now take up a new position as spokeswoman for Metro Cash & Carry.
Rainhardt Freiherr von Leoprechting, who had led the corporate relations function, will become a "senior executive advisor to the management board of Metro AG. His successor as head of corporate relations is Michael Wiedmann, former Head of corporate development and general manager of Metro Cash & Carry International.
The responsibility for all questions relating to national public policy will remain with Michael Wedell, head of the company’s representative office in Berlin. Both Wiedmann and Wedell will report to Inacker.
Metro Group is one a leading international retail companies with sales of €66 billion in 2009, and 290,000 employees operating in more than 2,100 stores in 34 countries.