Globetrotter hired the former manager in charge of operations at Foot Locker Europe in Germany, Johannes Jurecka, to become the German outdoor retailer's chief operating officer from the start of July. Another executive appointment is Matthias Schwarte, who joined from the start of September to become Globetrotter's marketing director.
Taking up a new position at Globetrotter, Jurecka is in charge of e-commerce, marketing and operations. He was previously working at Foot Locker Europe in Recklinghausen, in Germany, supervising the operations of 220 Runners Point and Sidestep stores.
Schwarte replaces Torsten Fischer, who left Globetrotter about a year ago after 12 years at his own request. Schwarte previously spent nearly seven years with Ecco, the Danish shoe company. He started by managing the sports footwear category from the group's head office in Denmark and from 2014 he headed up marketing in the German-speaking countries from Hamburg. This covered distribution in more than 70 own and franchised stores, along with sales to more than 2,000 stores and online accounts.
Separately, Fenix Outdoor International, the Swiss holding company that owns Globetrotter along with Naturkompaniet in Sweden, Partioaitta in Finland and several outdoor brands, has started building a new logistics center at Ludwigslust in northern Germany, near Hamburg. By the end of 2018, the entire mail order business for all Fenix brands, including Fjällräven, Brunton and Tierra, should be conducted from the site. The warehouse will also cover Globetrotter's omni-channel business.
The 10,000-square-meter complex includes office and warehouse space, as well as a semi-automatic sorting and packaging system.