Urs Schumacher has been appointed acting manager of LeShop.ch with effect from August 1, 2017. He is taking over from CEO Dominique Locher who had already decided at the start of the year to accept a new professional challenge after 17 years. Dominique Locher will continue to head up the business until he leaves at the end of June, giving time to assure a smooth transition. COO Sacha Herrmann will also be leaving the leading Swiss online supermarket in September 2017. The search for a suitable successor has already begun and will be completed at the earliest opportunity.
Dominique Locher (48) has worked at LeShop.ch since 2000. He was initially responsible for marketing and sales before being put in charge of the business as CEO in 2013. Sacha Herrmann (44) became Finance Director and Head of Personnel in 2004 and has additionally led the operational side of the business as COO since 2013. Both of them made a decisive contribution to the growth of the business from a start-up with a handful of employees to market leader with a workforce of more than 300 persons. After this dedicated commitment for many years, they now wish to take on new tasks and hand over management responsibility. The timing of this change is good for both managers: major strategic projects are under way or have already been completed. For example, the pilot phase of the DRIVE collect concept has been implemented and followed by an extensive PickMup launch.
Dominique Locher comments: “I had the opportunity to dedicate all my energies and passion to the development of this pioneering business and more recently to take overall charge. LeShop.ch has grown strongly in the past four years and we have passed important strategic milestones. This is an ideal moment for me to hand on management responsibility for the business and take up new challenges.”
Beat Zahnd, Head of the Commerce Department at the Migros Group, says: “Our participation in LeShop back in 2006 was the first important step by Migros into the online world. Dominique Locher and Sacha Herrmann were there from the start and made a decisive impact on the progress of the business. We are sincerely grateful to them for doing so.” The succession arrangements at LeShop.ch will be announced in due course.
LeShop.ch is the Swiss market leader in online retail. LeShop SA was founded in 1997 as a pioneering company by private entrepreneurs. The Federation of Migros Co-operatives (MGB) became the parent company of LeShop.ch on 1 January 2006. Details about how the company developed as well as photos, graphics and further information are available at https://info.leshop.ch/wp.