General Management of METRO PROPERTIES

Our General Management is responsible for all the key decisions regarding business development, strategy and planning.

Jean-Christophe Bretxa, Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Christophe Bretxa has been managing director and CEO of METRO PROPERTIES since June 2012. He joined METRO PROPERTIES as Managing Director, Region West Europe, in June 2011. In this capacity, he was already responsible for real estate business in Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey. Prior to this, Jean-Christophe Bretxa worked for the international retail real estate company Redevco, where his last position was Managing Director of retail business in France and Switzerland. He worked at Axa Reim until 2006.

In this position, he held overall responsibility for 12 real estate funds. Jean-Christophe Bretxa began his retail career in 1988 as Director of Property Services with the French retail company Printemps. He then held various real estate management positions within the French supermarket chain Continent (Promodès) and at the retail company Carrefour.

Areas of responsibility

  • Region Germany
  • Region Europe
  • Region Asia
  • Asset Management
  • Project Development
  • PR & Internal Communications


Carefully built up and effectively managed, our property portfolio constitutes an important strategic resource for METRO AG.

Jürgen Schwarze, Chief Financial Officer

Jürgen Schwarze has been managing director and CFO of METRO PROPERTIES since January 2013. He joined what was formerly METRO GROUP in September 2008 as Senior Vice President. After 3 years as Head of Group Audit and Advisory, Forensics and Security, he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of METRO Cash & Carry UK in 2011, where he oversaw the implementation of a comprehensive restructuring plan and then prepared and successfully saw through the sale of the company upon completion of the restructuring.

Prior to this, he was head of Strategic Planning at Haniel, a German family-equity company and a key METRO shareholder. Jürgen Schwarze began his career as a management consultant and as Senior Manager for Restructuring and Reorganisation at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.

Areas of responsibility

  • Transactions
  • Accounting
  • Central Services
  • Commercial Property Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology & Organisation
  • Legal Affairs
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Valuation & Data Services


Sometimes, the most interesting opportunities can be found along the unconventional roads.

The full interview with Jean-Christophe Bretxa and Jürgen Schwarze

Our mission - we offer quality of life
Our mission - we offer quality of life