Effective May 15, 2022, Heidi Stevens will take over as CEO of Otto International. Heidi follows Michael, who will officially retire on June 30, 2022.
Heidi has an extensive career and track record in the sourcing industry. She has worked in sourcing and product development for international fashion companies for more than twenty years, in leading companies such as Walmart, the former U.S. catalog retailer Spiegel, and the shirt manufacturer Gitman Bros.
In her 13 years at Walmart, Heidi held a variety of roles, and since 2013 she has worked directly in the core sourcing organization in China. There, Heidi was responsible for the entire Apparel global sourcing operation for North America and very successfully grew the business in areas such as category operations, quality assurance, technical design and sustainability.
In 2018, she took over as Vice President Global Sourcing, General Merchandise & Apparel, leading additional product categories such as Footwear, Hardlines, Home and Entertainment across various retail markets such as North America, Latin America, UK and Asia. In this role, Heidi, a London College of Fashion graduate, led a global operation across 20 plus geographies with direct responsibility for sourcing, quality and technical design services, quality operations, raw materials and business development.
“Heidi Stevens brings an exceptional expertise in international procurement and is a seasoned leader. Her engaging personality and the values she holds dear will be an asset for the Otto International teams. We are delighted to have found in her the right successor for the management of Otto International and are sure that she will develop the company in a successful and sustainable way,” says Sergio Bucher, Member of the Executive Board, Brands and Retail.