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Change in the Supervisory Board of zooplus AG

Munich, October 31, 2019 – At the request of the Management Board of zooplus AG (ISIN DE0005111702), Christine Cross has been appointed by the District Court of Munich to the company’s Supervisory Board effective from November 1, 2019 until the end of the next ordinary Annual General Meeting. She will succeed Karl-Heinz Holland, who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Spanish DIA Group S.A. and, due to a time conflict, will leave the Supervisory Board at the end of October 31, 2019. Mr. Holland has been a member of the Supervisory Board of zooplus AG since 2016.

Ms. Cross is an experienced industry expert. She spent 14 years with Tesco Plc, a UK-based global supermarket and retail chain, where she held various executive positions, including Head of Consumer Services, Director of Procurement of Worldwide Non-Food Products, and most recently Director of Group Business Development. In her current role, Ms. Cross advises numerous national and international companies in a sector related to her role as a member of the company’s Supervisory Board. Ms. Cross is currently on the supervisory boards of Coca-Cola European Partners plc and Hilton Food Group plc and previously served on numerous other boards of private and public companies.

“With the addition of Christine Cross to the Supervisory Board of zooplus AG, we have succeeded in winning over a recognized specialist possessing years of expertise in the purchasing and distribution of food and non-food products and private label brands. The Board will benefit from her extensive industry knowledge as it continues to successfully forge ahead with the growth strategy of zooplus AG as the clear market leader in the online retailing of pet supplies in Europe. On behalf of myself and my colleagues, I would like to sincerely thank Karl-Heinz Holland for his exceptional and loyal collaboration. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” says Christian Stahl, chair of the Supervisory Board of zooplus AG.

At the ordinary Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in June 2020, the company intends to nominate Ms. Cross as a candidate for the Supervisory Board and thereby extend her term of office beyond the date of the Annual General Meeting.

The other members of the Supervisory Board of zooplus AG are Mr. Christian Stahl (chair of the Supervisory Board), Mr. Moritz Greve, Mr. Ulric Jerome, Mr. Henrik Persson and Dr. Norbert Stoeck.


Company profile:
zooplus AG was founded in 1999 and today is Europe’s leading online retailer of pet supplies measured by sales. In the 2018 financial year, sales totalled EUR 1,342 m. The company’s business model has been launched successfully in 30 European countries. zooplus sells products for all major pet breeds. The product range includes pet food (dry and wet food and food supplements) and accessories such as scratching posts, dog baskets, and toys in all price categories. In addition to a selection of over 8,000 products, zooplus customers benefit from a variety of interactive content and community offerings. The pet supplies market is an important market segment in the European retail landscape. Sales of pet food and accessories within the European Union amount to around EUR 26 bn. Based on the continued vigorous growth anticipated in the European e-commerce market, zooplus expects its dynamic performance to continue.

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