Heinz Speet, 56, was trained as a retailer and began his career at food retailer Coop. He switched during the 1990s to the textile sector — first at Takko, finally at KiK. Family-owned retail group Tengelmann owns 80 percent of KiK. Many of its items are shipped via rail, mostly by using German railway operator Deutsche Bahn, which has been beset by strikes.
Handelsblatt: Mr. Speet, can you even bear to hear the word “strike