Finance Monthly - CFO Awards 2022

Finance Monthly CFO Awards 2022 United Kingdom 33 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. CFO of Lidl GB Dirk Kahl

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