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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
ACQUISITION OF DUTCH FRANCHISE STORES
GERRY WEBER acquires 51% of its largest franchise partner in the Netherlands, thereby expanding the vertical sales structure.
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.
Gerhard Weber receives a lifetime achievement award.Press release
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
MANAGING BOARD AND SUPERVISORY BOARD
Udo Hardieck has left the executive board of the fashion group and transferred to the supervisory board.
Launch of the first online shop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transformation of Hatex KG into GERRY WEBER International AG and listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange in October 1989.
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”.
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.
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.