Greubel, 47, succeeds Olaf Koch in the role, who left the company on 31 December 2020. Since his departure, chief financial officer Christian Baier and Rafael Gasset have jointly assumed the role of interim CEO.
Greubel joins Metro from Würth Group, where he 'led the core business and oversaw all strategic board projects, including the digital transformation agenda', according to a Metro statement.
Prior to this, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, with a functional focus on sales, operations, and transformation – during this period, he also advised Metro.
“The Supervisory Board is pleased to welcome Steffen Greubel as Metro’s new chief executive officer," commented Juergen Steinemann, chairman of Metro’s Supervisory Board. "He stands for strong leadership, knows the challenges of the wholesale business and has detailed insights from his role as an advisor to the retail and consumer goods industry.
"We support his customer-centric approach and understanding that simplification, operational excellence, and a strong execution focus will drive growth for Metro."
Elsewhere, Greubel commented that he was "excited to take up the role as CEO at Metro at the start of its next chapter as focused wholesale business."
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