DM Drogerie Markt founder passed away at the age of 78

DM Drogerie Markt founder, Prof. Götz W. Werner, passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 78.

Götz W. Werner, the son of a druggist, was born in Heidelberg in 1944. His greatest wish was to one day become a druggist himself.

He completed an apprenticeship as a druggist in Konstanz and, after this he started working at his father’s Drogerie Werner.

However, his ideas were not well received, so he left his hometown in 1969 and joined the Karlsruhe-based company Drogerie Roth.

In 1973, Mr. Werner decided to try it on his own, setting up the DM Drogerie Markt.

His thinking of ”permanent dissatisfaction with the existing conditions” and the resulting desire to change the company permanently have significantly shaped DM’s success.

The company is now active in 14 European countries, has a team of over 66,000 people and a turnover of 12.3 billion euros.

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