Lidl US chairman Roman Heini resigns
This week Roman Heini resigned as chairman of Lidl US, to pursue other professional interests and spend time with family, according to a statement the retailer shared with Store Brands.
The retailer noted in the statement its appreciation for Heini’s tenure and help in positioning Lidl for success in the future. The retailer is poised for growth stateside. Earlier this year it said it is investing $100 million in a new distribution center in Maryland.
“Lidl will continue its expansion in the United States under the direction and guidance of its CEO, Johannes Fieber," the company said. "Johannes assumed responsibility for Lidl US as CEO in May 2018 and will continue to work closely with the Lidl International team to drive the business forward.”
Neckarsulm, Germany-based Lidl operates more than 11,000 stores in 32 countries, employing about 287,000 employees worldwide. In the United States, the grocer has more than 95 stores in nine East Coast states.
Heini shared a personal message on LinkedIn, expressing his gratitude toward the Lidl US team and his need to move on for personal reasons, such as spending time with his family and having recently lost his father.
“Brick and mortar retail in the US is at a crossroads,” he said. “This team can play a fundamental role in shaping the direction the industry takes. You are in the driver’s seat, and I can’t wait to see where you take the company in the future.”