Sergio Giroldi to receive Global DIY-Lifetime Award

by | Apr 20, 2023

Former Obi Group Chief Executive Officer and Edra/Ghin President, Sergio Giroldi.Former Obi Group Chief Executive Officer and Edra/Ghin President, Sergio Giroldi will receive the Global DIY-Lifetime Award 2023. The ceremony will take place at the ninth Global DIY-Summit in Berlin, Germany during the gala evening on 15 June 2023.

The boards of the European DIY Retail Association (Edra), the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (Hima) and the Global Home Improvement Network (Ghin) have all agreed on the decision, according to DIY International.

Sergio Giroldi first joined Obi in 1998 as Managing Director of Obi Italy and retired from his position as Group Chief Executive Officer of Obi in September last year. He had held this position for almost 20 years. In 2017 he was elected President of Edra/Ghin and held the position for the full two terms before his retirement.

Upon the announcement of his retirement, Christian Haub, Chairman of the Supervisory board and Chief Executive Officer of Tengelmann (Obi’s majority shareholder), said “During his tenure, he made Obi one of the most successful European DIY stores and the undisputed market leader in Germany and all Central European countries.”

Along with Mr Haub, others shared their experiences working with Mr Giroldi, emphasising the impact he had on the industry and its professionals during his career, particularly during the difficult years dealing with the pandemic.

Edra/Ghin General Secretary, John W. Herbert, highlighted “Sergio gave me much support during his tenure as President of Edra/Ghin, and particularly in the Covid period when he was always present on our webinars. What I most respect about Sergio was his clarity in leadership and the high level of trust we shared.”

Reinhard Wolff, President of Hima, also shared “In his role as president of Edra/Ghin, Sergio has significantly promoted the improvement of the cooperation between the Edra/Ghin and Hima associations. On this basis, the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic were able to be tackled together. I have always found Sergio to be a committed, trustworthy partner.”