Inter IKEA Systems B.V. announces that Konrad Grüss has become their newly appointed Managing Director.
Grüss started his new role on June 1st 2020. He succeeds Jon Abrahamson Ring, who will become CEO of Inter IKEA Group this year on September 1st.
Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner of the IKEA Concept and worldwide IKEA franchisor. Konrad Grüss is its Global IKEA Expansion Manager, and he has been the acting manager for the franchise business since February 2020.
“I am happy that Konrad [Grüss] has accepted the role as Managing Director for Inter IKEA Systems. He brings a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge of the IKEA business and franchise system to this role. He has a great ability to connect people and business, and he has a genuine passion to continue to develop the role of IKEA franchisor,” said Jon Abrahamsson, Deputy CEO, Inter IKEA Group.
Grüss has rich experience from throughout the IKEA franchise system.
He started his career in the IKEA store in Leipzig in 1994 and later served as Business Leader for Kitchens in IKEA of Sweden and as Deputy Retail Manager in Russia.
He joined Inter IKEA Systems in 2015, where he has held various management roles.
Grüss most recently served as Global IKEA Expansion Manager. Under his leadership, the IKEA franchise system expanded to include more than 50 markets.
Inter IKEA Systems also on-boarded Falabella, a new IKEA franchisee which will bring IKEA products to South America for the first time.
“I am very humbled and honoured to get the trust to lead the global IKEA franchisor and build on the strategies that we have developed over the past few years,” said Grüss.
In his new role, Grüss will be responsible for leading the development of the IKEA Concept and ensure its successful implementation in existing and new markets.
Building on established strategies and recent achievements, he will focus on further clarifying the role of the global franchisor, simplifying Inter IKEA Systems operations and strengthening collaborations across the IKEA network based on its strong culture and values.
Konrad’s successor as Expansion Manager will be announced within the nearest future.
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