Supervisory Board appoints Christiane Giesen as CHRO to the Management Board of METRO AG

25 April 2022Download

The Supervisory Board of METRO AG has unanimously appointed Christiane Giesen to the Management Board as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Labour Director with effect from 1 December 2022 or earlier.

Christiane Giesen, Chief People & Culture Officer and Labour Director

Christiane Giesen

  • Christiane Giesen takes over responsibility for Human Resources and becomes Labour Director
  • Scheduled to start on 1 December 2022 or earlier
  • Role with a strong operational focus

She will succeed Andrea Euenheim, who left the Management Board on 31 March 2022. Christiane Giesen is currently a member of the Executive Board of Aral AG, Germany’s leading petrol station company and a subsidiary of the international energy company BP plc, based in London. There she is responsible for the European B2B business with an interface function for the convenience and logistics business.

Juergen Steinemann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of METRO AG, explains the decision: ‘With its sCore growth strategy, METRO is focusing entirely on execution in the wholesale business. This requires pragmatic management that is closely geared toward the employees. With her profound management experience in operational business, Christiane Giesen has the ideal capabilities to advance HR work in a practical manner and to support the business in the countries. We wish her good luck and every success.’

Dr Steffen Greubel, CEO of METRO AG, adds: ‘With Christiane Giesen, we have been able to secure a Labour Director who brings outstanding transformation and B2B experience to the table. A clear stance, a focus on execution and proximity to the workforce are important criteria in the realignment of METRO. For these and many other reasons, we are very much looking forward to working with Christiane Giesen.’

Christiane Giesen, a graduate in business administration, is 46 years old and has had an impressive career with BP, one of the world’s largest energy companies, since 1998. During her career, she has held various commercial functions with a strong customer focus and today heads the European wholesale business with employees in seven countries and a sales volume of around USD 10 billion. As a strong leader, she maintains a close working relationship with works councils and trade unions.

Christiane Giesen expresses her gratitude for the trust placed in her and says: ‘METRO is a great brand and an international company with strong growth potential. I am looking forward to supporting the upcoming transformation of the company with my experience. In doing so, it is important to me to shape my work in HR together with all those responsible in a respectful, transparent and results-oriented manner.’

METRO is a leading international wholesale company with food and non-food assortments, which specialises in serving the needs of hotels, restaurants, and caterers (HoReCa) as well as independent traders (Traders). Around the world, METRO has some 17 million customers who benefit from the wholesale company’s unique multichannel mix. This allows customers to choose between shopping at one of the large-scale local stores or delivery (Food Service Distribution, FSD) – all digitally supported and connected. At the same time, METRO MARKETS is an international online marketplace for professional customers that has been growing and expanding continuously since 2019. ‘Acting sustainably’ is one of METRO’s corporate principles. METRO has been listed in various sustainability indices and rankings for many years, including FTSE4Good, MSCI, CDP and Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which confirms that METRO is very engaged in the areas of climate protection, avoidance of plastic and food waste as well as procurement of more sustainable product assortments. METRO operates in more than 30 countries and employs over 95,000 people worldwide. In financial year 2020/21, METRO generated sales of €24.8 billion. For more information, please visit, our online magazine.