West Chester, Pa. - Dr. Ulrich Flatten will retire as CEO, QVC Germany at the end of the year, after 12 years of service to the company. Under his leadership, Germany has developed into QVC's largest European business and its second largest business outside of the United States.
In the coming months, QVC will conduct a full search to name a new leader for QVC Germany and will consider internal and external candidates for the job. Beginning in early January, Steve Hofmann, CEO, QVC Europe, will take on an interim assignment as CEO, QVC Germany during the transition.
“QVC’s success in Germany is due in large part to Ulrich's vision, commitment and determination," said QVC president and CEO Mike George. "He oversaw the opening of every major QVC site in Germany, including our call centers in Kassel and Bochum, our Huckelhoven distribution center, and our Düsseldorf headquarters, creating more than 2,000 jobs. He played an integral role in the launch of QVC Italy and has championed global initiatives in areas ranging from human resources to IT."