Blaise Agresti, who has been global sales director at Petzl for the last two years, is leaving the company at the end of August. The decision was taken in agreement with the company, as Agresti decided to focus on a promising start-up project. A French mountain guide and former commander of the alpine military rescue unit (PGHM) in Chamonix, Agresti joined Petzl to take over from Patrick Werlé at the start of 2016, after a handover of six months. He accompanied robust international growth at Petzl last year, as the French climbing equipment maker's sales increased by more than 7 percent to €154 million. About 82 percent of the turnover came from international markets, up by two percentage points compared with 2015. It has yet to be decided who will take over from Agresti. Separately, Petzl appointed Olivier Richard as brand and communications director from the start of July. Richard spent five years up to 2011 as European marketing director for Peak Performance, and then became global sales director for Rossignol apparel. He has also worked as a strategy consultant in the outdoor industry. Petzl said that the appointment would help to reinforce the brand in key markets and among consumers.