X5 launches Category Management Academy

Moscow, 2 July 2018 – X5 Retail Group N.V ("X5" or the "Company"), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: FIVE), has launched the Category Management Academy, its first cross-format educational project. The Academy will focus on developing and motivating talent, building a career growth system in the Commercial Division, improving knowledge and skills of employees and nurturing a category management culture across the Company.

In addition to traditional workshops and training sessions, the trainees will be tasked with solving cases and challenges often faced by X5's category managers. The Academy will employ innovative methods and approaches, such as mobile learning and business simulation.

The project is intended for nearly 800 employees of X5's commercial divisions, from commercial directors to category specialists. The training curriculum will offer mandatory and optional modular programmes tailored to suit different roles: Basic CatMan for category managers, Advanced CatMan for line managers, and Expert CatMan for directors. The experts and coaches who will be teaching at the Academy include leading Russian and international experts in category management, as well as members of the X5 management team.

Upon completing the programme, trainees will be included in the Commercial Division's talent pool and may later grow into internal coaches or mentors for their less-experienced colleagues.

To set up the academy, X5 has partnered with the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. The training curricula have been developed to meet the standards of the Category Management Association.

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