BIRKENSTOCK has appointed Tiffany Wu as Managing Director Greater China, effective November 1, 2023. In this newly created position, Wu will lead the Greater China business area, which includes mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, driving brand equity and sales in the region. She reports to Klaus Baumann, Chief Sales Officer of the BIRKENSTOCK Group.
With the new appointment the Germany-based revered global zeitgeist and purpose brand aims to further strengthen the company’s expanding footprint in the most dynamic region in Asia Pacific and the growth region with the largest untapped white space potential for the company, alongside India and Japan. Today, BIRKENSTOCK operates a rapidly growing e-commerce business in China, which will be supplemented by a strong owned retail presence and a healthy wholesale business with select local partners.
Oliver Reichert, Director of Birkenstock Holding plc and Chief Executive Officer of the BIRKENSTOCK Group: “Greater China is the strongest growth driver for us in the APMA region alongside India and Japan. Unlike many other brands, we haven't faced consumer headwinds in the last months, quite the opposite. And in view of the latest economic outlook, we expect this positive trend to continue or accelerate. This is supported by the business in our own digital channels which has developed extremely positively in China this year. With the additional capacity that we can allocate since the go-live of our new plant in Pasewalk in September 2023, we now have the bandwidth to satisfy Chinese consumers' appetite for our products. In the past three years we have started to implemented our engineered distribution playbook in the region. We are now ready to take the next step in our growth journey. It's the perfect moment for Tiffany Wu to join the team. Welcome aboard!”
WELL-ROUNDED AND PASSIONATE LEADER WITH PREMIUM FASHION AND LUXURY EXPERTISE
Wu is a well-rounded and passionate leader. With over 18 years of premium fashion and luxury end-to-end omni-channel expertise in China and acute brand sense, Wu is an expert in driving brands’ commercial strategy, omni channel expansion, brand building and storytelling through China’s ever-changing digital landscape along with a strong marketing and PR foundation.
After living in New York, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and China, Wu studied at the University of California-Irvine, and spent the final year of her Bachelor studies at Peking University. It was there that she was recruited by the PR agency Ogilvy. After three years with the global PR firm, in 2009 she co-founded a leather goods designer brand called Heirloom and successfully sold it ten years later, when the brand was present in 11 countries.
From 2019 onwards, Tiffany Wu led the Fung Retailing-Asia Retail Company (ARC), which assisted foreign companies in the Chinese market. In 2021, she took on the role of managing the Greater China region (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau) for Blue Nile, the world's largest online diamond sales company.
As a compassionate brand expert, who likes to create things from the ground up, Wu embraces her new career step: “BIRKENSTOCK’s growth potential is enormous in this market. In fact, the current timing is very favorable for our brand, because since Covid, the Chinese have become more health-conscious, and young people want to protect the environment. Our products meet these expectations perfectly.
As we ramp up our production capacity, we will unlock the large growth potential of China and the whole the APMA region, which has generated significant latent demand that we have been unable to fulfill in recent years given more limited supply. Our targeted growth strategies will build upon our growing popularity in the region’s underdeveloped markets, including China, where our brand is nascent.”
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