VAUDE is 100 percent family-owned. The Board of Partners consists of the founding family, von Dewitz:
Albrecht von Dewitz
Albrecht von Dewitz founded VAUDE in 1974 and passed the company on to his daughter Antje von Dewitz in 2009.
The Executive Board consists of CEO, Antje von Dewitz, and the two authorized signatories: Chief Sales Officer and Head of Sustainability, Jan Lorch and Chief Financial Officer, Erwin Gutensohn.
In the Management Meeting, all primary strategic issues are discussed and decisions are made on key issues, such as issues of risk management, alignment of company divisions, financing and sustainability strategies. Economic decisions such as budget releases and calculation requirements are also under the responsibility of the management.
The management structure at VAUDE consists of four hierarchical levels:
The company is divided into six areas and each area has a Division Head:
One division head post (Marketing) is filled by the CEO Antje von Dewitz in personal union. Sales and Logistics Manager Jan Lorch is also Head of Sustainability/CSR. The VAUDE Sustainability Team reports to him.
Directly under the Executive Board are the administrative departments, Company Development, Quality Management Specialist and Controlling. Thus, the three members of the CSR Team answer directly to the Board - see also "CSR team as a driving force for sustainability”
All Division Heads are represented on a Division Manager Panel. Here questions on organizational and operational issues in the company are addressed, especially in the area of personnel and organization, such as job security, job descriptions and the payroll system.