Victor Duran, the forward-looking executive who replaced Franz Julen at the helm of Intersport International Corp. (IIC) at the beginning of 2017, has stepped down as chief executive of the international retail organization with immediate effect. IIC's board has appointed a 52-year-old Dutch executive, Steve Evers, to take his place early next year. Martin Künzi, the group's chief financial officer and deputy CEO, will assume the role in the interim. IIC said that Duran's departure had been mutually agreed, adding that Evers' nomination will strengthen the cooperation between the board and the executive management of the Swiss-based group. Evers entered the sporting goods sector in 2010 when he became a board member of Euretco Holding, the leading retail service organization in the Netherlands. Evers was appointed chief operating officer of Euretco after its merger in 2012 with its biggest competitor, Intres, the local licensee for Intersport. After Euretco's acquisition by the German EK cooperative in 2015, he was made responsible for the group's retail development in the sports, fashion living, media and DIY sectors. More in Sporting Goods Intelligence Europe.