The decision comes after head of the department, Sarah Kreienbühl, decided to step down from the position, effective end of December 2022.
She will join logistics group Kuehne + Nagel International AG as chief human resources officer.
As a member of the FMC (Federation of Migros Cooperatives) general management, Kreienbühl took charge of the department in January 2018.
Speaking on her work at the group, Fabrice Zumbrunnen, president of the general directorate of the FMC, said, "Under Sarah Kreienbühl’s leadership, the important areas of HRM, corporate communication, sustainability and also the cultural and social commitment of the Migros Group developed extremely positively. I would like to thank her for that and I very much regret her change."
In the past five years, Kreienbühl worked across all facets of the HRM, communications and social engagement department to prepare the group for its current and future needs.
She was instrumental in bringing various activities of the department under one roof, transferring the regional club schools to Miduca AG, Switzerland's largest education provider, and transforming the corporate communications and media departments into a modern communications team with a newsroom focus.
"Other projects that were close to our hearts were the inclusion initiative for disadvantaged young people and the recently launched neighbourhood initiative, "Kreienbühl said and added, "Together we have achieved an incredible amount under demanding conditions in order to align the Migros Group with changing consumer needs and to strengthen Migros' anchoring among the population and employees. I am impressed by what the colleagues at Migros put their heart and soul into doing every day for our customers and society."
The appointment of a successor has begun and will be announced in due course, Migros added.