Innovative and ground-breaking – the KaDeWe, the Alsterhaus and the Oberpollinger are among Germany’s most significant department stores and among the most prestigious in all of Europe. With their impressive history spanning over 100 years, the department stores in the KaDeWe Group have become unmistakable landmarks.

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André Maeder

André Maeder

André Maeder has been CEO of the KaDeWe Group since January 2014, and he can look back on a long international career in retail and fashion brands, especially in the premium and luxury sector. Among other things, he was Chief Operational and Merchandise Officer at Harrods in London for six years and Global Retail and Sales Director at Hugo Boss in Metzingen from 2004 to 2009. Subsequently, he was CEO at the Charles Vögele Group in Switzerland. Prior to his current position, he worked as Chief Retail Officer at Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH in Essen, where he was responsible for all sales divisions from November of 2011 to December of 2013.

Dr. Michael Peterseim

Dr. Michael Peterseim

Dr. Michael Peterseim has been the CFO/Managing Director of the KaDeWe Group since June of 2018. He holds a PhD in Natural Sciences from the Max Planck Institute in Munich and studied Business Administration and Physics at the universities of Hagen and Hanover. Most recently, he was engaged as a partner at QE 3 Equity Partner in Germany. Additional milestones in his professional career include the Clinton Group (Camp David), the Thomas Cook Group (UK & Germany) as well as Grundig and Roland Berger. In his new capacity at the KaDeWe Group, Dr. Michael Peterseim is responsible for Finance & Controlling, IT & Logistics and Legal & Internal Audit.

Today, the KaDeWe in Berlin has a total floorspace of over 60,000 square metres and stocks over 400,000 different products. The Oberpollinger in Munich with 35,000 square metres and the Alsterhaus in Hamburg with 24,000 square metres also stand for a varied and unique selection.

The three department stores are positioned as the international ‘Best in Class’ in the luxury market. In order to develop this high growth potential in the premium and luxury segment more aggressively, the Italian La Rinascente Group, one of the most successful operators of premium and luxury department stores, was brought in to join The KaDeWe Group as a strategic partner. La Rinascente, which also operates the famous Illum in Copenhagen, belongs to the Central Group, the world’s largest operator of department stores. Both partners are jointly investing a three-digit million euro sum in the conversion and re-design of the KaDeWe in Berlin, the Alsterhaus in Hamburg and the Oberpollinger in Munich.

The KaDeWe Group, fully conscious of the great tradition of the culture of exceptional department stores, will perpetuate this tradition into the future and is currently re-positioning its three premises, The buildings will be given a completely new look: the KaDeWe is being completely renovated by Dutch architect and Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas.

In Hamburg, the award-winning German architectural firm Kleihues + Kleihues is responsible for the re-design of the Alsterhaus. The Englishman John Pawson, who, for example, was responsible for the Calvin Klein store design, will handle the re-design of the Oberpollinger.

The large department stores in the KaDeWe Group were, are and will continue to be magnets and innovation leaders in the premium segment in their major cities.

SIGNA’s acquisition of the Kaufhof portfolio also included the Carsch House in Düsseldorf. This department store with a history that goes back over a century is situated in a top location in the immediate vicinity of Königsallee, an internationally famous shopping and fashion destination. SIGNA is planning to convert the Carsch Haus along the lines of the KaDeWe in Berlin and to add it as a part of the KaDeWe Group.

In December 2017, SIGNA acquired the Leiner flagship store on Mariahilfer Straße, one of Austria’s most heavily trafficked shopping streets. It soon became clear that the original use of the store should also be revived here as part of a reinterpretation of the traditional department store.