ZBD Displays, the world leader in fully graphic epaper display systems, announces the appointment of Jörg Funder as Founder Member of its Advisory Board. Funder, who founded the Institute for International Retail and Distribution Management IIHD at the University of Worms in Germany will add considerable strategic value to the Board. He will initially focus on strategy development and provide support to develop business cases to bring the full benefit of ESL (electronic shelf labels) solutions to the retail industry.
Funder has extensive retail experience, having previously worked in senior roles for numerous general merchandise and mail order retailers. He has also acted as an advisor to C-Level executives at a number of tier one retailers in his roles at Accenture and Bain&Company. At Bain, he held a broad-reaching role within the Retail and Consumer Goods leadership team, where performance improvement was part of the group’s remit. Whilst at Accenture, he was involved in delivering performance improvement projects into retail and consumer goods companies across 7 European countries. This included a project with Metro involving electronic shelf labelling.
In addition, Funder has a strong academic background and has achieved a number of accolades including having been honoured as one of the Top 20 young leaders in Germany by Young Leaders Network, Atlantik Brücke e.V. He holds a PhD degree in General Management and Corporate Transformation from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland, which ranks amongst Europe’s most prestigious Business Schools. Jörg has conducted research and lectured at some of the world’s most well known universities including HSG Switzerland, Warsaw Business School, Rotman School of Management and Columbia University, NY. Funder currently heads the Retail Management Department at the University of Applied Sciences, Worms, where he works with the Senior Management teams of large retailers on large scale restructuring programs and maximises their operational performance.
Jörg is considered an authority on retailing and has contributed to various publications, TV & Radio commentaries and high profile speaking engagements.
Shaun Gray, CEO, said “Jörg is a well-respected figure in the world of retail and we are honoured that he has agreed to join our Advisory board. This is a really exciting time for ZBD as demonstrated by our recent sales growth. We have increased revenues 400% year on year for the last three years and we look set to continue that level of growth. We will benefit greatly from his experience.”
Commenting on becoming a member of the Advisory Board, Jörg Funder said, “ZBD is an incredibly innovative company and looks set to transform the retail sector. With my experience of working within the retail sector, as well as advising retailers on their strategy, I can help bring about that transformation.”
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ZBD is a leader in the design and supply of electronic shelf edge labels and associated software solutions for the global retail industry. The company has developed the next generation of LCD, creating high-contrast bistability that requires no battery power to retain its image. ZBD's range of epaper displays provides retailers with a total store solution and the ability to manage and update pricing, product and promotional information at point of purchase, dynamically.
Formed in 2000 out of QinetiQ, ZBD is a pioneering company with its own R & D, full IPR and scalable manufacturing processes that enable it to deliver an epaper solution with practical commercial advantages for retailers.
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