Migros' key achievements in 2019
Matthias Wunderlin appointed new Head of Marketing
Matthias Wunderlin takes over as Head of the Marketing Department, with effect from 1 January 2019, and is appointed to the Executive Board. He replaces Hansueli Siber, Head of the Marketing Department since 2014. Wunderlin (*1973) has held various roles within Migros, most recently as Head of Retail Digital Division in the Federation of Migros Cooperatives.
Ursula Nold elected new Chairwoman of the Board of Directors
On 23 March 2019, the Assembly of Delegates of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives appoints Ursula Nold as the new Chairperson of the Board of Directors. She takes office on 1 July 2019, replacing Andrea Broggini, Chairman since 2012. Ursula Nold (*1969) becomes the first woman at the helm of the FMC Board of Directors. She presided over the FMC Assembly of Delegates from 2008 to 2019.
Armando Santacesaria appointed new Head of Industry
The Board of Directors of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives appoints Armando Santacesaria as Head of the Industry & Wholesaling Department and a member of the Executive Board. Santacesaria (*1971), who has worked in various roles at Procter & Gamble and Kellogg’s, takes over the reins from Walter Huber on 1 June 2019. Huber leaves Migros after 11 years in charge of M-Industry.
Rainer Baumann appointed new Head of Technology and IT
The Board of Directors of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives appoints Rainer Baumann as Head of the Technology, IT & Logistics Department and a member of the Executive Board, with effect from 1 September 2019. Baumann (*1979), who previously held roles at McKinsey & Company and Swiss Re, replaces Andreas Münch, Head of the Logistics & IT Department since 2005.
Acquisition of Topwell Apotheken AG
The Swiss Federal Competition Commission (WEKO) cleared the way for the takeover of Topwell Apotheken AG by the Migros-owned Medbase Group. The integration has allowed Medbase to expand its portfolio with a new strategic business segment and take forward-looking steps towards end-to-end, integrated and innovative medical and pharmaceutical care in Switzerland.
Drinks bottles made of 100% recycled PET
Since 2019, Migros syrup bottles have been made of 100% recycled PET. This means that the materials loop for PET bottles has now been closed for the first time in Switzerland. With this measure, Migros saves more than 222 t of new material per year.
M-Industry invests in Aleph Farms
M-Industry has acquired a stake in the Israeli start-up Aleph Farms, which specialises in developing sustainably cultivated meat. It is thus investing in a promising technology for resource-friendly meat production. The company succeeded in growing animal cells in an incubator into a steak in just a few weeks.
Migros Club School turns 75
Migros Club School celebrates its 75th anniversary. Founded by Gottlieb Duttweiler in 1944 with the aim of making affordable language courses accessible to all, the Club School has become Switzerland's most popular educational institution. The secret to its success lies in having an awareness of trends. In its anniversary year, it held a total of 53'719 courses and seminars for more than 328'000 participants.
Prices reduced for favourite Migros products
Migros has reduced the prices of its best-selling items and improved the quality of important own-brand products. About 1'500 products are positively affected by the broad-based initiative to increase value for money. Migros thus enables its customers to buy high-quality, healthy and sustainable products at fair prices.
The Migros Group wants to invest more heavily in its strategic core business and online commerce. As part of a regular review of its portfolio, it sought new owners for its subsidiaries Globus, Gries Deco Group (Depot), Interio and m-way. The Board of Directors of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives decides to initiate the corresponding sale processes.
World's most responsible retailer
In 2019, the Migros Group analysed its positive and negative effects on global development. The UN's sustainability goals were incorporated into the development of the Migros Group's sustainability mission statement. Detailed information about the Migros Group's contribution to the SDGs can be found here.