Roman Stepek, chief executive at Mountain Force, has left the Swiss winter sports apparel company and is preparing to divest the remainder of his shares to existing shareholders in April. His job was taken over on an interim basis by Werner Matzner, Mountain Force's chief financial officer and one of its shareholders, while Mike Stöhr remains sales director. Among the reasons for the amicable departure is an apparent disagreement about the way forward for the brand, which reaches sales in the range of 8 million Swiss francs (€7.28m-$7.98m) and has held up relatively well in spite of the warm winter. The brand is sold in a dozen countries and recently added three export markets, from New Zealand to South Korea and Turkey. Stepek has been chief executive for about five years. Although he was described as a major shareholder, the exact spread of the capital and the identity of the other shareholders are unclear.