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At a glance:
the history of Gerry Weber In­ter­na­tion­al AG

A constant flow of fresh ideas and in­nov­a­tions as well as boundless dynamism and com­mit­ment have driven GERRY WEBER's evolution from a man­u­fac­turer of ladies' trousers to an in­ter­na­tion­al expert for feminine fashion in the Modern Classic Main­stream for the gen­er­a­tion WOW since nearly five decades. Today GERRY WEBER is one of the best known German fashion and lifestyle companies.

  • 2021

    EXECUTIVE BOARD AS DUAL LEADERSHIP

    Angelika Schindler-Obenhaus takes over as CEO and forms a dual lead­er­ship together with CFO Florian Frank. Alexander Gedat, until now interim CEO, returns to the su­per­vis­ory board.

    Press release
  • 2020

    NEW MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD OF GERRY WEBER

    Angelika Schindler-Obenhaus was appointed Member of the Man­age­ment Board. As Chief Operating Officer (COO) she completes the Managing Board, so far con­sist­ing of Alexander Gedat (CEO) and Florian Frank (CFO).

    Press release
  • REOPENING AFTER THE MANDATORY CORONA BREAK

    After more than four weeks of shutdown of the entire German textile retail trade, GERRY WEBER is reopening around 200 of its branches. Bricks-and-mortar trade is gradually opening up in other European countries.

  • THE START OF THE WORLDWIDE CORONA CRISIS

  • MANAGEMENT BOARD CHANGE AT GERRY WEBER

    Alexander Gedat took over the managing dir­ect­or­ship in the interim. Johannes Ehling, board spokesman and Urun Gursu, board member with re­spons­ib­il­ity for products, decided to step down.

    Press release
  • 2019

    STARTING A NEW FUTURE

    GERRY WEBER In­ter­na­tion­al AG succeeds in re­struc­tur­ing, thus securing a new start. Thanks to extensive re­struc­tur­ing measures, the Group was able to go through the in­solv­ency pro­ceed­ings in record time on its own behalf, suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the process on December 31, 2019.

    Press release
  • INSOLVENCY PLAN ACCEPTED BY CREDITORS

    GERRY WEBER’s creditors accepted the bank­ruptcy plan by a large majority, thereby clearing the way for im­ple­ment­a­tion of the future concept. Apart from the financial re­struc­tur­ing of the fashion company, this was also aimed at con­tinu­ing the op­er­a­tion­al re­struc­tur­ing and re­pos­i­tion­ing process that had begun.

    Press release
  • MILESTONE FOR FUTURE PROTECTION

    GERRY WEBER reached a milestone in safe­guard­ing the future, signing an in­vest­ment agreement with Robus Capital Man­age­ment Ltd. and Whitebox Advisors LLP.

    Press release
  • CREDITORS’ MEETING CONFIRMS SELF-ADMINISTRATION AND ENABLES RESTRUCTURING CONCEPT TO GO AHEAD

    Potential investors submit binding offers.

    Press release
  • GERRY WEBER HAS IMPLEMENTED FURTHER STEPS FOR RESTRUCTURING

    GERRY WEBER In­ter­na­tion­al AG and GERRY WEBER Retail GmbH & Co. KG are now under self-ad­min­is­tra­tion during the bank­ruptcy pro­ceed­ings. Business op­er­a­tions continue as normal at full capacity. The company records initial successes from the ongoing re­struc­tur­ing as well as a positive response at the CPD fashion fair in Düs­sel­dorf.

    Press release
  • TAIFUN TURNS 30

    The GERRY WEBER brand for the younger target group cel­eb­rates its 30th birthday.

  • 2018

    GERRY WEBER GETS INTO FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES

  • GERRY WEBER DIVESTS “HALLE 29”

    The company generated EUR 36 million from the sale of the “HALLE 29” showroom center in Düs­sel­dorf. This step un­der­lines the focus on GERRY WEBER’s core business.

    Press release
  • SUPERVISORY BOARD DECIDES TO RESTRUCTURE THE MANAGEMENT BOARD

    The su­per­vis­ory board has decided on a com­pre­hens­ive re­struc­tur­ing of the man­age­ment board to force the re­align­ment of the company. Ralf Weber has trans­ferred to the su­per­vis­ory board.

    Press release
  • GERRY WEBER REPOSITIONS

    The strategic business unit is re­pos­i­tion­ing itself and is pursuing a vertical process approach in which the customer is at the center of all activ­it­ies. The or­gan­iz­a­tion is based on the go-to-market model to be able to react quickly and flexibly to short-term de­vel­op­ments and fashion trends.

    Press release
  • GERRY WEBER RESTRUCTURES BUSINESS MODEL

    A per­form­ance program is designed to ensure sus­tain­able prof­it­able growth with a focus on go-to-market strategy, stream­lin­ing and di­git­iz­a­tion. A new business model with faster and more flexible market cul­tiv­a­tion is being im­ple­men­ted.

    Press release
  • SUPERVISORY BOARD APPROVES NEW MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

    Johannes Ehling will become Chief of Sales and Chief Digital Officer on April 1, 2018 and will be the third board member alongside Jörg Stüber and Ralf Weber.

    Press release
  • 2017

    FOUNDING OF E-GERRY WEBER DIGITAL GMBH

    The in­ter­na­tion­al clothing company GERRY WEBER In­ter­na­tion­al AG creates the basis for a creative ideas pool with a digital society. The aim is to con­tinu­ously develop new digital solutions for the op­tim­iz­a­tion of business processes.

    Press release
  • GERRY WEBER OBTAINS GOTS CERTIFICATION

    The GOTS standard guar­an­tees the use of con­trolled or­gan­ic­ally grown cotton. The entire supply chain has been checked and certified. For GERRY WEBER, cer­ti­fic­a­tion rep­res­ents another important step towards sus­tain­able fashion.

    Press release
  • PAPER INSTEAD OF PLASTIC

    GERRY WEBER in­tro­duces FSC-certified paper bags. The proceeds from the sale of the bags will go to the aid or­gan­iz­a­tion “Viva con Aqua”, which supports drinking water projects worldwide. In March 2017, a donation of € 35,000 had already been made to “Viva con Agua”.

    Press release
  • 2015

    OPENING OF LOGISTIC CENTRE

    The fully automated new GERRY WEBER logistics center has gone into operation. It is con­sidered one of the most modern logistics centers in the fashion industry, the processes of which are almost entirely based on RFID. The handling volume is up to 37 million articles a year.

    Press release
  • ELECTION OF THE NEW SUPERVISORY BOARD

    The GERRY WEBER Annual General Meeting has elected the six share­hold­er rep­res­ent­at­ives for the new su­per­vis­ory board, which has been expanded from six to twelve members in line with legal re­quire­ments. The six employee rep­res­ent­at­ives were elected in February 2015 in ac­cord­ance with the principal ap­plic­able reg­u­la­tions.

    Press release
  • RALF WEBER TO BE CHAIRMAN

    The su­per­vis­ory board of GERRY WEBER In­ter­na­tion­al AG has appointed Ralf Weber, son of the company’s founder Gerhard Weber, as Chairman of the Board. This decision confirms the clear com­mit­ment of the founding family to the company and the long-term con­tinu­ity of the man­age­ment of the group.

    Press release
  • 2014

    ACQUISITION OF HALLHUBER

    GERRY WEBER In­ter­na­tion­al AG has acquired the Munich fashion company Hallhuber and thus for the first time an in­de­pend­ent brand. With the expansion of the brand portfolio by the two com­ple­ment­ary brands “HALLHUBER” and “HALLHUBER Donna” the GERRY WEBER Group is accessing a new, younger target group.

    Press release
  • GERHARD WEBER TRANSFERS TO SUPERVISORY BOARD

    Company founder Gerhard Weber has left the board and trans­ferred to the company’s su­per­vis­ory board.

    Press release
  • 2013

    RALF WEBER APPOINTED TO THE MANAGEMENT BOARD

    Effective August 1, 2013, Ralf Weber, son of the company’s founder Gerhard Weber, will be appointed to the company’s Man­age­ment Board.

    Press release
  • 2012

    ACQUISITION OF DUTCH FRANCHISE STORES

    GERRY WEBER acquires 51% of its largest franchise partner in the Neth­er­lands, thereby expanding the vertical sales structure.

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  • KIDS WORLD DAY NURSERY

    GERRY WEBER cel­eb­rates the in­aug­ur­a­tion of their KiTa KIDS WORLD at the company headquar­ters. The daycare center close to the company offers space for up to 95 children from the age of four months until they start school.

  • 2011

    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

    Gerhard Weber receives a lifetime achieve­ment award.

    Press release
  • 2010

    RFID

    GERRY WEBER is the first fashion company to introduce RFID in order to optimize logistics and retail processes and to function as security tech­no­logy – the basis for the fully automated con­tem­por­ary logistics center.

    Press release
  • 2009

    MANAGING BOARD AND SUPERVISORY BOARD

    Udo Hardieck has left the executive board of the fashion group and trans­ferred to the su­per­vis­ory board.

  • 2005

    E-SHOP

    Launch of the first online shop.

  • 2003

    HALLE 29

    GERRY WEBER has been welcoming customers to “HALLE 29”, its own exclusive showroom complex in the business city of Düs­sel­dorf, since February. Since the bank­ruptcy pro­ceed­ings under self-ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2019, GERRY WEBER In­ter­na­tion­al AG is no longer the owner of the property but still uses it as a showroom.

  • 1999

    HOUSE OF GERRY WEBER

    Opening of the first self-managed “HOUSE of GERRY WEBER”, a multi-brand store in Bielefeld with the GERRY WEBER and TAIFUN brands.

  • 1994

    SAMOON

    The new SAMOON brand for plus sizes will be presented to spe­cial­ist dealers for the first time in January. SAMOON stands for casual, confident fashion for plus-size women. Trendy cuts, soph­ist­ic­ated materials and excellent fits highlight the fem­in­in­ity of the wearer. The perfect in­ter­pret­a­tion of current trends puts feminine curves in the right light and ensures a new, self-confident body sensation.

  • 1993

    GERRY WEBER OPEN

    The GERRY WEBER OPEN (Noventi Open since 2019) is the largest ATP tennis tour­na­ment and the only lawn tennis tour­na­ment in Germany. In 1993 the turf event cel­eb­rated its premiere as a 250 tour­na­ment. Since 2015 it has been part of the exclusive ATP 500 series. The event will be broadcast by the ZDF (“Channel 2”) broad­cast­ing company and in­ter­na­tion­al tele­vi­sion companies in more than 130 countries worldwide, thus making a sig­ni­fic­ant con­tri­bu­tion to raising the profile of the GERRY WEBER brand.

  • 1989

    IPO

    Trans­form­a­tion of Hatex KG into GERRY WEBER In­ter­na­tion­al AG and listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange in October 1989.

  • TAIFUN

    Launch of the younger brand TAIFUN. TAIFUN stands for in­ter­na­tion­al and urban fashion that is trend-oriented and at the same time suitable for business – always with a “feminine touch”.

  • 1986

    THE GERRY WEBER BRAND

    The GERRY WEBER brand name is created and protected worldwide. A spon­sor­ship contract is signed with the then 17-year-old Steffi Graf. Her un­pre­ced­en­ted global career rapidly increases awareness of the GERRY WEBER fashion brand.

  • 1973

    FOUNDATION OF HATEX KG

    On March 1st, Gerhard Weber and Udo Hardieck founded Hatex KG, based in Halle / West­phalia, ori­gin­ally for the man­u­fac­ture and sale of women&’s trousers. Today, the successor company, GERRY WEBER In­ter­na­tion­al AG, is an in­ter­na­tion­al fashion and lifestyle group.