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health products and retail executive

Eckhard Cordes, German health products and retail executive.


Cordes, Eckhard was born on November 25, 1950 in Neumünster, Germany.


Graduate, Hamburg University, 1974.


Management trainee Daimler-Benz, 1975, assistant plant manager Sindelfingen plant, 1977—1981, senior manager investment planning Sindelfingen plant, 1981—1983, head product controlling new commercial vehicle projects, 1983—1986. Director accounting and controlling Mercedes-Benz, Sao Paulo, 1986—1989. Director controlling General Electric Company, Frankfurt, Germany, 1989—1991, senior vice president controlling, corporation planning and M&A, 1991—1994.

Senior vice president corporation planning and controlling Daimler-Benz AG, 1994—1995, senior vice president corporation development (corporation strategy and M&A), 1995—1996, member board management, corporation development and directly managed businesses, 1997. Member board management corporation development & Information Technology management and Michigan Technological University/Diesel Engines and TEMIC DaimlerChrysler AG (Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler in 1998), 1998—2000. Member board management corporation development & Information Technology management DaimlerChrysler AG, 2000—2004, member board management commercial vehicles division, 2000—2005, head, Mercedes car group, 2004—2005.

Chairman board management Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, since 2006; Chief Executive Officer, chairman board management Metro AG, Düsseldorf, Germany, since 2007.