Schöppingen, 08 November 2021 – Shopware AG, a leading provider of ecommerce solutions, today announces that it has promoted Josua Seiler to Chief Product Officer and Ralf Marpert to Chief Financial Officer.
Seiler and Marpert will join co-CEOs and founders Stefan and Sebastian Hamann and Chief Operating Officer Winfried Hering in the top-level management team. The two new hires have been made in response to Shopware’s sustained growth in recent years and will be critical in setting the business up for further expansion in the future.
A business driven by expertise and knowledge
As Chief Product Officer, Josua Seiler will be in charge of driving the further development of the Shopware product family, which acts as one of the biggest drivers of the rapidly growing Shopware ecosystem. Seiler has been at Shopware since 2019 as Director of Product, but has connections to Shopware since 2012. He is also founder and CEO of Conexco, an agency which, as a Shopware partner, was significantly involved in the development of Shopware 6, the company’s latest iteration of it’s flagship platform. Before founding Conexco, Seiler was part of the founding team of pauldirekt GmbH, one of Germany’s leading online shopping clubs.
Ralf Marpert has been at Shopware since 2013 in the role of Director of Finance, People & Culture. During his leadership, Shopware recorded revenue increases of around 30% year on year. Marpert is skilled in risk management and all central procurement and contract matters and has also played a significant role in developing the company into being one of the most attractive employers in the Münsterland region, with Shopware winning multiple awards with the ‘Great Place to Work’ initiative.
Driving further growth
Shopware AG is one of the leading providers of ecommerce solutions and has been recording constant and impressive growth figures for years. In 2021 alone, more than 100 new employees have started work at shopware AG, which means that the software manufacturer has expanded its headcount to over 300 employees. The company is also growing rapidly internationally. In the last month, Shopware made some critical new hires into its international management team, with the introduction of ex-Magento employees Kathleen Claes to the position of Director of Partnerships & Alliances and Katy Wilson to Partner Manager, who will be overseeing activity in the UK market.
Sebastian Hamann, Co-CEO at Shopware, said: “Shopware is continuing to achieve enormous growth and we have noticed in recent years that our open commerce approach is also attracting more attention internationally. As brands and retailers focus more heavily on ecommerce and enhancing their online offerings, we are convinced that demand for our platform will continue to grow. The new senior management structure ensures that we have the best leaders in place and experts of our business to help us stay on top and remain strong for future growth. Ralf and Josua have been deeply involved in the Shopware ecosystem for years and put a strong emphasis on our efforts to drive openness and collaboration.”
Shopware is a leading ecommerce system and used by some of the largest European brands, retailers and manufacturers across B2C and B2B industries. As a trendsetting open source solution, Shopware gives retailers the freedom to quickly and easily realise their growth potential – with more flexibility and less complexity. Today, more than 100,000 companies rely on a Shopware solution, with all retailers – from start-ups to enterprise – generating a combined turnover of 12 billion Euro in 2020.
From its headquarters in Schöppingen, Germany, Shopware employs 250 people and relies on a global network of 1,200 sales, technology and solution partners. A community with hundreds of thousands of members gives customers access to over 4,000 extensions and certified professional support. 100% equity-financed, Shopware is completely independent and through high investments in research and development, is the leading driver of innovation in European ecommerce.