The Manage­ment and Supervisory Board

Five 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


Lionel Souque was born on 19 August 1971 in Paris.

Lionel Souque joined the 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 the REWE Group. In July 2017 he took over the position as CEO of the 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


Jan Kunath was born on 19 June 1965.

Jan Kunath joined the 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 the REWE Group he has been Head of the Management of PENNY National since September 2010. He has been a member of the REWE Group’s Management Board since 1 January 2011 and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the REWE Group since 1 July 2017.

Jan Kunath studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences of Berlin. He is married and has two children.

Christoph Eltze

Member of the Management Board – Chief Digital and Technology Officer

A portrait of Christoph Eltze

Christoph Eltze has been Chief Digital & Technology Officer and member of the Management Board of the REWE Group since July 1 2022. He was born in Düsseldorf on 17 July 1973. Starting in 1988, he worked at McKinsey & Company, primarily as a management consultant to retail companies. Christoph Eltze joined the REWE Group in 2014.

He then served as Digital Operations Director at REWE Digital GmbH, before being appointed CEO of REWE Digital GmbH in 2017.

From March 2020, Christoph Eltze held the position of Divisional Board Member for Digital, Customer & Analytics within Commerce Germany.

He studied Business Administration at the University of Düsseldorf and the École Supérieure des Affaires in Grenoble. He lives in Cologne with his partner and three children.

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Sören Hartmann

Member of the Management Board – Chief Executive Officer DER Touristik


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 and has three daughters.

Telerik Schischmanow

Member of the Management Board – Chief Financial Officer

Portrait of Telerik Shishmanov

Telerik Schischmanow, born 11 February 1975 in Bulgaria, joined the REWE Group as head of Mergers & Acquisitions in 2006. He subsequently served as CFO of transGourmet Holding SE, in which the REWE Group held a 50 percent stake, from 2009 to 2011. Schischmanow returned to the REWE Group in September 2011 and was appointed fully authorised representative for the company. His responsibilities included corporate development, strategy and corporate control. He has been responsible for the Services division as head of Retail Germany since July 2016, and he has been the CFO of the REWE Group since 1 July 2022.

Telerik Schischmanow studied Business Administration at the Technische Universität Berlin. He is married and has three children.

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On a growth trajectory.
Our total external turnover grew by 2.5 percent in the 2021 financial year.