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Furniture chain kika/Leiner was acquired in June 2018 and is an integral part of SIGNA Home & Lifestyle. With 70 establishments and around 5.o00 employees in five countries, this iconic company is one of the giants in the sector. For SIGNA Retail, the acquisition of kika/Leiner marks its entry into bricks-and-mortar retail in Austria for the first time.

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The aim is to take the company and its employees back to their roots as a middle-sized business steeped in tradition and with clear commercial values and principles. Just weeks after the takeover of kika/Leiner by SIGNA Retail and the start of a new management, an agreement was reached about the social plan with representatives of the employees. Meanwhile, the restructuring plan and the development of a future business model are making steady progress.
The company has a strong identity and is once again following clear business values.

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Reinhold Gütebier

Reinhold Gütebier

On 8 October 2018, Reinhold Gütebier took over the helm of the traditional Austrian company kika/Leiner. For over 20 years, the top manager from North Germany had been Wholesale Manager at Segmüller, one of the most prestigious furniture trading companies in Germany. He also worked as a marketing executive and spokesperson of the Board, being jointly responsible for the company’s successful expansion strategy. He is among the most experienced and distinguished managers in the furniture industry. Building on his expert knowledge, Reinhold Gütebier is going to develop a comprehensive future strategy for kika/Leiner.

Darius Kauthe

Darius Kauthe

With the start of the takeover of kika/Leiner by SIGNA Retail, Darius Kauthe has taken over as CFO. The top manager from the Czech Republic has many years of experience in the retail sector and was most recently, from 2009, Managing Director of Administration, Finance and IT International (CFO/CIO) at KiK Textilien. Before that, from 1997, he was part of senior management and served as General Manager at Kaufland. Darius Kauthe is a profound expert in the industry and will reclaim kika/Leiner’s identity as a medium-sized, traditional Austrian company, ensuring its fitness for the future.

Oliver Müther

Oliver Müther

Oliver Müther, formerly Managing Director and authorized signatory at Dodenhof and commission manager at the Begros buying group, will assume overall responsibility for procurement for the traditional Austrian company kika/Leiner on 16 October 2018, acting as managing director. The experienced purchasing manager in the furniture trade will put his expertise to use in the development of a sustainable range of furniture with an eye to future issues as part of in the strategic reorganisation of the traditional Austrian company kika/Leiner.