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Douglas Realigns Management in Germany and Switzerland

Willem Duthler will oversee those markets, succeeding Claudia Reinery.

PARIS — Douglas perfumery chain said it is realigning top management in Germany and Switzerland.

Claudia Reinery, chef executive officer for the two countries, is stepping down from her position at the end of April. She has worked for the retailer for four years and has “decided to leave the company for personal reasons and in best mutual agreement,” Douglas said in a statement on Monday.

“Together with Claudia, we have reached important milestones on our way to reinforce Douglas’ industry-leading position, such as the integration of teams in our new international headquarters in Düsseldorf, the organizational restructuring of our German business and the strengthening of our Douglas brand,” said Isabelle Parize, Douglas’ ceo, in a statement.

“We sincerely regret Claudia’s decision to resign,” continued Henning Kreke, chairman of Douglas’ supervisory board. “We would like to thank her for her substantial contribution to the development of our company and her strong commitment to Douglas and its people.”

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Reinery’s current responsibilities will be scooped up by Willem Duthler, who currently serves as Douglas’ ceo for the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania.

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“In this context, he will hand over his other responsibilities, except for the Netherlands, to Agnieszka Mosurek-Zava, who already is ceo for Poland and Austria,” Douglas said.

The retailer, with approximately 1,700 stores in 19 European countries, is the selective beauty care market leader in Europe. Its offer, sold through various channels, constitutes more than 35,000 products.

Douglas has about 18,000 employees and generated annual sales in its 2015-’16 fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2016, of about 2.7 billion euros, or $2.93 billion at average exchange for the 12-month period.

In other Europe-related Douglas news, as reported, the company in mid-March said it had purchased Grupo Bodybell from H.I.G. Bayside Capital. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Madrid-based perfumery chain involves more than 200 stores and two online shops. Douglas formerly had 57 perfumeries in Spain through a local subsidiary.