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BIRKENSTOCK APPOINTS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR SOUTH-EAST ASIA AND DOWN UNDER: EVELYN CHUA TO ACCELERATE GROWTH AND TO DEEPEN ITS FOOTPRINT IN THE WHITE SPACE REGION

LINZ, Germany, July 11, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — BIRKENSTOCK has appointed Evelyn Chua as Managing Director for South-East Asia and Down Under, effective July 1, 2024. In this newly created position, Chua will lead, from the company’s regional headquarters in Singapore, a region which includes Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand. She reports to Klaus Baumann, Chief Sales Officer, BIRKENSTOCK Group. With this high-profile recruitment, the inventor of the footbed aims to further deepen its footprint within this dynamic region, elevate BIRKENSTOCK’s positioning across all channels and push innovative retail formats.

 


EVELYN CHUA, NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR SOUTH-EAST ASIA AND DOWN UNDER

 

With over 15 years’ experience in the retail industry, spanning across multiple categories in Fashion, Beauty, Wines, Spirits, Watches and Jewelry, and across offline and online channels, Evelyn Chua is an expert in developing strong relationships with all distributors and Retail-Store partners, identifying opportunities, planning and executing concrete plans, and managing talents.

After studying in Singapore and Sweden, Chua has worked 6 years for DFS Venture, the well-known Hong Kong-based travel retailer of luxury goods, where she led the Singapore and Myanmar region. With her team, she managed a very diverse retail business which includes duty-free shops at Changi Airport and Singapore Cruise Centers but also Downtown stores, Online Retail and Wholesale business.

In 2022, she joined Synagie which runs over 1000 e-stores in 7 markets in South-East Asia, for 600 brand partners, including Nike, Estee Lauder, and L’Oréal. As Chief Commercial Officer, she was responsible for 6 countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam) and the online business across categories (Premium/Mass Beauty, FMCG, Fashion), as well as managing 400 stores on Marketplaces and .coms.

As BIRKENSTOCK’s Managing Director for South-East Asia and Down Under, she aims to develop the company’s multi-channel strategy and grow the APMA region: "While expanding our presence online, I want to maintain a strong relationship with our distributors, who have been instrumental in our growth. We can help them to develop their assortment strategy, but we want, as well, to accelerate our own business by opening new stores. We also need to ensure that our stores offer the same experience to our clients. The devil often hides in the details, and we need to make sure that we propose the same level of service throughout the customer journey. I’ve always been a firm believer of the footbed. In my university days, I only wore my two pairs of Madrid and my Mayari. Our brand enjoys a strong awareness in the region. I am convinced that its margin for growth is still enormous."

Klaus Baumann, Chief Sales Officer of the BIRKENSTOCK Group, could not agree more: "South-East Asia is a region with a huge growth potential. With the additional capacity that we can allocate since the go-live of our new plant in Pasewalk in September 2023, we are now able to meet the needs of the Asian customers for our products. With a very strong online and offline retail experience, I am convinced that Evelyn Chua is the perfect leader to manage our presence in this very important region. Welcome aboard!"

PRESS INQUIRIES

Birkenstock Group B.V. & Co. KG
Burg Ockenfels
53545 Linz am Rhein
Germany

Postal address:
BIRKENSTOCK Group
Lenbach Palais
Lenbachplatz 3
80333 Munich
Germany

ABOUT BIRKENSTOCK

BIRKENSTOCK is a global brand which embraces all consumers regardless of geography, gender, age and income and which is committed to a clear purpose – maintaining foot health. Deeply rooted in studies of the biomechanics of the human foot and footed on a family tradition of shoemaking that can be traced back to 1774, BIRKENSTOCK is a timeless "super brand" with a brand universe that transcends product categories and ranges from entry-level to luxury price points while addressing the growing need for a conscious and active lifestyle. Function, quality, and tradition are the core values of the lifestyle brand which features products in the footwear, sleep system, and natural cosmetics segments. BIRKENSTOCK is the inventor of the footbed and has shaped the principle of walking as intended by nature ("Naturgewolltes Gehen").

With around 6,200 employees worldwide, we believe how things are made matters as much as the product itself. To ensure these quality standards, we operate a vertically integrated manufacturing base and produce all our footbeds in Germany. In addition, we assemble over 95% of our products in Germany and we source over 90% of our materials and components from Europe. We process our inputs to the highest environmental and social standards in the industry by operating state-of-the-art scientific laboratories for materials testing.

In Germany, BIRKENSTOCK runs operational sites in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Bavaria, Saxony, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Headquartered in Linz am Rhein, the BIRKENSTOCK Group also operates its own sales offices in the United States and Canada as well as in Brazil, Japan, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Dubai, Singapore and India.

Birkenstock Group B.V. & Co. KG
Burg Ockenfels, Linz am Rhein, Germany

For further information, please visit www.birkenstock-group.com
You can find our online shop at www.birkenstock.com.

 

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