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  • Waltraud Lenhart
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    Waltraud Lenhart passes away after short severe illness

    2021-04-20T11:16:00Z

    Source: Leki Waltraud Lenhart After the tragic plane accident in 2012, in which Klaus Lenhart lost his life, the German pole specialist Leki has now been hit by another tragedy. After a short and serious illness, Waltraud Lenhart , managing partner of Leki, ...

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    Pierangelo Zanetta, former Shimano executive and EFFTA president, has died

    2021-02-01T16:54:00Z

    Pierangelo Zanetta , the former managing director of Shimano Europe Fishing Holdings , has died after a long illness. Zanetta was an important figure in the global fishing tackle industry. In 2007, while working at Shimano, he joined the board of the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) . He ...

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    AKU’s founder has passed away

    2021-02-01T15:37:00Z

    Galliano Bordin , the founder of AKU , has passed away after a long illness. He was 85 years old. The son of shoemakers, Bordin founded the Italian brand of trekking and outdoor footwear in 1955. The company was initially called Dinsport , but the new AKU brand replaced that ...

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    Triumph and tragedy: Winter ascent of K2

    2021-01-19T08:56:00Z

    Sergi Mingote was the victim of a tragic fall on K2, with 8,611 meters above sea level the world’s second-highest mountain, located in the Karakoram range on the border between Pakistan and China. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the Spanish mountaineer’s death in a tweet on Jan. ...

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    Roger Pirot, Salomon's commercial director for 15 years, has passed

    2020-11-12T07:41:00Z

    Roger Pirot , who served as commercial director at Salomon from 1965 to 1980, has passed away. He was 93 years old. Pirot, who joined Salomon at the age of 38, directly participated in the establishment of Salomon’s subsidiaries in Japan, Switzerland and the U.S. During his tenure, the ...

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    Bob Gore, inventor of Gore-Tex, has died

    2020-09-21T16:05:00Z

    Robert W. “Bob” Gore , chairman emeritus of the board of directors of W. L. Gore Associates , died on Sept. 17 at the age of 83. Gore sat on the board of his family’s materials science company for 57 years, 30 of them as chairman, and served ...

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    Josef “Pepi” Fischer is dead

    2020-08-27T08:39:00Z

    Josef Fischer , the son of the company founder and owner of Fischer Sports GmbH , died on Aug. 26 at the age of 90. After the passing of his father, Josef Fischer took over the management of the company together with his sister in 1959, when he was not ...

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    Frank Dassler dies aged 64

    2020-06-24T18:13:00Z

    (SGI) Frank A. Dassler , a member of the family that founded Puma and Adidas in 1948 and 1949, died of a long and severe illness in Hamburg on June 20, six days after his 64th birthday. His passing closes an important chapter in the history of the ...

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    Rossignol’s legendary president Laurent Boix-Vives has passed away

    2020-06-22T09:02:00Z

    The Rossignol Group has informed the public of the passing of Laurent Boix-Vives . Mr Boix-Vives, who had been the company’s legendary chairman for some 50 years, died on Thursday, June 18, at the age of 93. On behalf of the great Rossignol family, of which he was the ...

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    Pascal Aymar has passed away

    2020-05-09T10:07:00Z

    Pascal Aymar , a well-known and influential figure in the sports and outdoor sector, passed away on May 6, after suffering a heart attack. The 63-year-old Frenchman, based in the Annecy region, was most recently working as a consultant and vice president of the French association Outdoor Sports Valley ...

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    The former managing director of Sport 2000 International, Wolfgang Schnellbügel, passed away

    2020-01-22T18:20:00Z

    The former managing director of Sport 2000 International, Wolfgang Schnellbügel, passed away at Les Sables-d’Olonne in France on Jan. 1 after a long illness. He was 61. Schnellbügel also held important positions of responsibility at the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI). More in SGI Europe. ...

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    Werner Marzin, the former president of Messe München who helped...

    2019-12-20T00:00:00Z

    Werner Marzin, the former president of Messe München who helped turn Ispo into a global trade show, died on Oct. 14 at the age of 89. He spent 30 years with the company after joining it at its very start in 1964. He was made president two years later. His ...

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    Werner Marzin, the former president of Messe München who...

    2019-11-22T00:00:00Z

    Werner Marzin, the former president of Messe München who helped turn Ispo into a global trade show, died on Oct. 14 at the age of 89. He spent 30 years with the company, which is owned by the state of Bavaria, after joining it at its very start in 1964. ...

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    Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards and one...

    2019-11-22T00:00:00Z

    Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards and one of the true snowboarding pioneers, died on Nov. 20 at the age of 65 of complications from a relapse of testicular cancer. Jake was instrumental in making snowboarding a major sports activity, an important business and an Olympic discipline. He ...

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    Camp's historic president, Orazio Codega, has passed away at the...

    2019-11-22T00:00:00Z

    Camp's historic president, Orazio Codega, has passed away at the age of 80. Codega joined the Italian outdoor company in 1959, when he was 20 years old, and led it for more than 40 years, from the 1960s until 2004. Codega was a pioneer in the industry as he decided ...

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    Pete Gerber, founder of Gerber Legendary Blades, died at home...

    2019-10-16T00:00:00Z

    Pete Gerber, founder of Gerber Legendary Blades, died at home on Sept. 29. He was 90. In 1939, three things happened: Gerber and his father sent a gift of handmade cutlery to the clients of their advertising firm; the cutlery was quickly picked up by the mail-order retailer Abercrombie ...

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    Jennifer Ridgeway, 69, a three-decade veteran at Patagonia credited with...

    2019-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Jennifer Ridgeway, 69, a three-decade veteran at Patagonia credited with creating the outdoor brand's aesthetic, has died at home in Ojia, California. She had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Ridgeway was hired by Patagonia's marketing department in 1973 and wrote copy for its catalogs. She then became the company's ...

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    Gary Burrell, co-founder of Garmin International, a unit of Garmin...

    2019-06-28T00:00:00Z

    Gary Burrell, co-founder of Garmin International, a unit of Garmin Ltd., died on June 12 at the age of 81. Burrell was an electrical engineer specializing in integrated avionics, designing and developing the first successful combined navigation receiver and communications transceiver (nav/comm) for the general aviation market. He held executive ...

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    Paul Golbert, the founder of Pajar Canada, passed away on...

    2019-01-31T00:00:00Z

    Paul Golbert, the founder of Pajar Canada, passed away on Dec. 25, at the age of 92. Pajar Canada, founded in 1963, is a five-generation family-owned footwear and outerwear company based in Montreal. Golbert was born in France in a shoemaking family, and emigrated to Canada in the 1950s, starting ...

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    Markus Huber has passed away...

    2018-11-16T00:00:00Z

    Markus Huber, the kind and witty German journalist who helped us to launch The Outdoor Industry Compass ten years ago, died on Nov. 8 at a hospital in Nuremberg after a long and serious illness. He was only 47 years old. A memorial service will be held for him on ...