The Manage­ment and Supervisory Board

Four experienced top executives make up the REWE Group’s most senior decision-making committee, the Management Board, which is overseen by the Supervisory Board. The relationship of mutual trust and collaboration between the two boards is one of the REWE Group’s strengths. In the best tradition of the cooperative movement, we always work together to find the best solution for the business.

Our Management Board

Lionel Souque

Chief Executive Officer


Responsibility: Retail Germany, Lekkerland, Independent Retail and Cooperative, REWE Digital, Auditing, Corporate Affairs, Executive Development, Coopernic/EURELEC

Lionel Souque was born on 19 August 1971 in Paris.

Lionel Souque joined REWE Group in 1996 and began his career in the international discount business of PENNY, where he held various leading positions in purchasing and sales.

In 2001, he took over management positions for the BILLA supermarket business in Central Eastern Europe and Italy.

In 2007, he was appointed as a member of the Management Board of REWE International with its headquarters in Vienna.

Since 2009 he has been CEO of REWE Germany and member of the Management Board of REWE Group. In July 2017 he took over the position as CEO of REWE Group. Lionel Souque holds Master Degrees in Business Administration (ESSEC Business School Paris), Technology & Management (Ecole Centrale Paris) and has obtained a Diploma in Business Economics (ESC Reims and ESB Reutlingen).

He is married, has three children and lives with his family in Cologne, Germany.


Jan Kunath

Deputy Chief Executive Officer


Responsibility: Trade International, IT/REWE Systems

Since Juli 1st 2017 Jan Kunath is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the REWE Group.

He was born on 19 June 1965 and joined REWE Group in 1992 where he started his career in leading sales positions in the wholesale business. In 2006 he was appointed to the Management Board of REWE Group Austria. From 2007 until 2009 he was Head of the Full-range National Management. In May 2009 he was appointed fully authorized representative of REWE Group for the B2B and Specialist Stores (DIY and consumer electronics) businesses.

As fully authorized representative of REWE Group he has been Head of the Management of PENNY National since September 2010. Jan Kunath studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences of Berlin.

He is married and has two children.

Dr. Christian Mielsch

Member of the Management Board of REWE Group


Responsibility: Finance, Business Administration, Taxes, Controlling, Merger and Acquisitions, National Specialist Stores

As of September 1st, 2012, Dr. Christian Mielsch, born in Freiburg 1962, has taken the position as Member of the Management Board of the REWE Group.

Prior to his appointment to the Management Board of REWE Group, Cologne, Dr. Christian Mielsch held several positions at Metro Cash&Carry from 1997 to 2012 including CFO of Metro Cash&Carry Germany and International and most recently as COO Metro Cash&Carry Central East Europe.

After receiving his general qualification for university entrance (Abitur) in 1981, Dr. Christian Mielsch studied physics and business administration. Thereafter, he held a management position at McKinsey&Comp, Düsseldorf, (1990-1994) and Bertelsmann AG, Munich, (1994-1997). In 1997, he began his career at the Düsseldorf-based trade company Metro Cash&Carry International as division manager Controlling.

Dr. Christian Mielsch is married and has two children.


Sören Hartmann

Member of the Management Board of REWE Group


Responsibility: Tourism

Born in Bergisch Gladbach in 1963, Sören Hartmann has been the REWE Group board member with responsibility for travel and tourism since 1 July 2017. Hartmann presides over the international board of the DER Touristik Group as CEO.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held a number of management positions within the travel and tourism sector, setting up the tour operator, Take Off, and the air operator, Continentair/Globus Reisen. In 1993, Hartmann became head of Travel and Tourism at Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt AG before moving to TUI in 1999, where he assumed overall responsibility for a number of business areas. Between 2003 and 2006, he sat on the Executive Board of TUI Germany. He was named managing director of Robinson Club GmbH in 2006 and was appointed as CEO of the former REWE Touristik company in 2010.

Sören Hartmann is married with three daughters.

On a growth trajectory.
Our total external turnover grew by 20.4 percent in the 2020 financial year.