Finance Monthly CFO Awards 2021

F i nance Month l y CFO Awards 2021 What are your key goals for the next 12 months? Personally, I will be stepping down from the Executive Board of Lidl Great Britain and will be joining the board of our international head office, taking on the global responsibility for accounting and financial reporting for the Schwarz Group. I am excited to be working alongside an international team of outstanding experts for Europe’s biggest retailer which also operates substantial food production and significant recycling activities across Europe, the US and Asia. And I will continue to play my part to support the GB business, by chairing the Audit Committee of Lidl GB. This will allow me to remain closely connected to Lidl GB, an outstandingly ambitious organisation that is so close to my heart. As part of wider commitments made by the Schwarz Group, Lidl GB has set ambitious climate targets and will become carbon neutral by 2022. With the UK hosting COP26 in November, this is a crucial year in the fight against climate change and we recognise our responsibility to reduce our emissions to help tackle this important issue. As a discounter, it is ingrained in us to be constantly looking to maximise efficiency and reduce waste. Whether it’s how we heat and light our stores, or how we transport food from our suppliers to our warehouses, we are continuing to find ways to cut emissions across our business. As a business in GB, we are continuing to open a new store almost every week. Despite times of economic uncertainty, we are continuing to push forward to help ensure that as many communities as possible have access to a Lidl store, whilst continuing to create more jobs along the way. In addition to opening new stores and warehouses, we are also due to move into our brand-new GB Head Office, located in Kingston. The move will help to bring all our Head Office teams back together, enabling us to work as effectively as possible to support the rest of the business. Anyone wanting to join our team should keep a close eye on our careers site, for any opportunities that come up. About Dirk Kahl Dirk Kahl is the Chief Financial Officer of Lidl Great Britain, based in Wimbledon. He joined the Lidl Group as Global Finance and Accounting Director in 2008 and was subsequently appointed as Board Executive for Finance, Accounting and Tax for the German operation before joining the UK Board of Directors in 2014. In his current role, Dirk is responsible for the Financial and Administrative operation of Lidl in Great Britain. He’s held other retail CFO roles before and serves on the Board of Kingston University, London, as the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to joining Lidl, Dirk has worked for KPMG out of Frankfurt, Shanghai and Singapore as a Qualified Chartered Accountant for almost ten years. About Lidl The first Lidl GB store opened its doors in 1994 and 27 years later, the company now has more than 860 stores and 13 regional distribution centres across Britain, employing over 25,000 people. Despite COVID-19, Lidl remains on track to have 1,000 stores in its portfolio by the end of 2023. This forms part of Lidl GB’s £1.3bn investment plans for 2021 and 2022, which includes opening 50 new stores this year, creating 2,000 new jobs. Lidl takes great pride in providing customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices and working closely with suppliers to make this happen. The company is also passionate about sourcing locally as much as they can with around two-thirds of products already being purchased from British suppliers. Lidl is part of the Schwarz Group, a family-owned multinational retail group that operates grocery shops under the Lidl and Kaufland brands. It is the largest European retailer and the fourth-largest retailer in the world by revenue. In addition to the retail business, the Schwarz Group has continuously expanded its portfolio to include production capacities for food. Furthermore, the Schwarz Group has been involved in the collection, sorting and recycling of recyclable materials for many years. The sales brand PreZero is the group-wide disposal and recycling service provider for this. - UNITED KINGDOM - - 11 -

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