Karstadt Sports is one of Germany’s leading Sportswear and equipment retailers, and operates stores at 28 city-centre locations. Acquired by SIGNA in autumn 2013, Karstadt Sports’ efforts are currently focused on extending the business’s successful development, leveraging its potential and driving forward the expansion process.

The company’s key assets are its brands, a clearly structured range comprising team Sports, running/hiking and outdoor product categories, as well as a high level of consumer confidence in the brand. This is complemented by an excellent portfolio of prime locations that is due to be expanded further, outstanding knowledge of the customer base and an experienced management team. E-commerce as well is becoming important for Karstadt Sports, alongside bricks-and-mortar retailing.

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Jens Dunkel

Jens Dunkel

Jens Dunkel has been Head of Purchasing at Karstadt Sports since March 2020. He was CEO of the company from 2019. Prior to that, he was Head of Purchasing at Karstadt Sports once before from October 2017. The experienced retail manager looks back on a career in the German retail sector spanning many years. After holding various management positions at Aldi Nord, he initially joined the management team at Penny. In recent years he was the chief officer responsible for purchasing and category management, meaning he was heavily involved in the restructuring process and the cooperation between coop eG and the Rewe Group.

Thomas Wanke

Thomas Wanke

Thomas Wanke, born in 1961, was appointed Chief Executive Office of SportScheck and Karstadt Sports in March 2020. In this position he is responsible for the 52 sports shops (30 of them are Karstadt Sports shops) as well as for the online business of SportScheck and Karstadt Sports.  Prior to this, he has been Chief Sales Officer of Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof since July 2019. Since October 2017 he has already been CEO of Karstadt Sports. He held the position of Chief Retail Sales Officer of Karstadt Warenhaus from mid of 2013 to September 2017. He has an in-depth knowledge of the fashion market. In his positions at P&C, Adler Modemärkte and Charles Vögele he also gained expertise in the field of home textiles. His focus has always laid in the development of sales, especially in the improvement of sales and service orientation as well as the increase of employee motivation.

Stefan Weiß

Stefan Weiß

Stefan Weiß (born in 1975) has been the Chief Sales Officer of Karstadt Sports since July 1, 2019. In this function, he is responsible for all of the company’s sales activities as part of the management team, including visual merchandising and sales control. Before Stefan Weiß moved to SportScheck in 2009, for whom he led the Cologne branch and later became the deputy leader of the bricks-and-mortar sales area, he had already worked for Karstadt Sports and Karstadt. He has been back at Karstadt Sports since 2017, where he is responsible for the stores in Cologne and Essen as well as the so-called “Verbund West” (Group West) with a total of six stores.

Christian Marzinzik

Christian Marzinzik

Christian Marzinzik, born in 1967, has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Karstadt Sports since August of 2017. After focusing on Accounting, Market & Sales during his university studies and subsequently working as a research assistant at Ruhr University in Bochum, Mr. Marzinzik joined Karstadt in 1998. He then worked at Itellium Systems & Services GmbH as department manager for scheduling systems and reporting for one year before returning to Karstadt in 2001, where he then held various positions within the company. Most recently, he held the position of Head of Controlling until August of 2017. From October of 2009, Mr. Marzinzik was simultaneously employed as the CFO of Le Buffet, a 100% subsidiary of Karstadt Warenhaus.