Gender Trailblazer

Playmobil Founder, Who Long Favored Women Executives, Selects Yet Another

Playmobile Founder Horst Brandstätter and CEO Andrea Schauer. Mr. Brandstätter has appointed another woman, Judith Weingart, to succeed Ms. Schauer as Co-CEO. Source DPA
Playmobile Founder Horst Brandstätter and CEO Andrea Schauer. Mr. Brandstätter has appointed another woman, Judith Weingart, to succeed Ms. Schauer as Co-CEO.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    German companies have been criticized for not doing enough to promote women to top management positions. The government is introducing a gender quota, forcing companies to reserve 30 percent of supervisory board seats for women.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Andrea Schauer, chief executive at Playmobil’s parent company Geobra Brandstätter, has announced she is stepping down in 2015.
    • Judith Weingart, currently company press spokeswoman, will take over as co-chief executive with Steffen Höpfner, the company commercial director.
    • Ms. Schauer has doubled sales at the company since she took over in 2000. In 2013, they were €612 million.
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