Schöffel, a leading German manufacturer of outdoor and snow sports apparel, separated from Alexander Timmers who acted as sales manager for Germany in the last one and a half years. Timmers, a former buyer of sporting goods at Karstadt, has been replaced by Frank Kaltenbach. The 48-year-old was hired from Bogner, the Munich-based skiwear brand for which he was in charge of sales.

In Switzerland, the Schöffel Schweiz AG has been waiting for a while for its new managing director. It has been known for months that Cornel Grämiger would leave the top of Schöffel's Swiss subsidiary, but it took a while until a successor was found even though Grämiger was ready to direct the company until the end of 2008. Grämiger is now out of business after Peter Jud has been appointed for the managing director of the distribution company. Jud served for Salomon before he spent a very brief time at Mammut Sports Group as coordinator of its Swiss sales force.

Grämiger, by the way, targets a completely new position. As a project manager, he will help to build up a factory outlet center. The new FOC is supposed to open its doors in 2009 in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The project is financed by ING, the Dutch bank.