Personalities

End of an era: Frank A. Dassler leaves Adidas

According to Adidas, Frank A. Dassler retired at the end of January.  The grandson of Puma founder Rudolf Dassler, was most recently head of the Adidas legal department and will remain closely associated with the sports equipment company in retirement

Frank A. Dassler is the grandson of Puma founder Rudolf Dassler

For 14 years, the 61-year-old was in charge of the legal department. With him, the last member of the founding family of Adidas and Puma will retire. Frank A. Dassler is president of the “European Sporting Goods Federation” (FESI), and he intends to continue in this role for Adidas.

He would also like to continue to run his law fi

Dr Frank Heislit, new
CEO to be of Freudenberrg Performant Materials. Frank A. Dassler worked for Puma for a long time. In the 1980s, he was also president of Puma’s US branch.

In 1948 the brothers Rudolf and Adolf Dassler ended their joint shoe production after an argument and founded the companies Puma and Adidas respectively. Both companies have become multi-billion companies and global brands. The brothers took the fight to the grave. Today, however, the conflict between the companies no longer plays a role.

 

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European Commission reinforces its senior management and President Juncker reorganises his close team

European Commission appoints new Secretary-General

After over 32 years at the service of the European Commission, the current Secretary-General Alexander Italianer, has decided to retire from the European Commission. As a result, and on the proposal of President Jean-Claude Juncker, the College has decided to appoint Martin Selmayr, the current Head of Cabinet of the President, as the new Secretary-General of the Commission. This decision will take effect on March 1. At the same time, President Juncker has decided that his current Deputy Head of Cabinet, Clara Martinez Alberola, will become his new Head of Cabinet – the first-ever female Head of Cabinet of a Commission President. President Juncker’s current Diplomatic Adviser, Richard Szostak, will become his new Deputy Head of Cabinet.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “This morning (February 21, 2018), Alexander Italianer confirmed to me his wish to retire as Secretary-General of the Commission as of  March 1, 2018. I want to express my deep gratitude to him for decades of loyal service to the European Commission and over the past three years to me as its President. I truly appreciated working with such an experienced and knowledgeable Secretary-General and I want to thank him for his skilful steer of our administration, as well as for having agreed to stay on for another month to ensure a smooth transition. I am also glad that he agreed to continue to advise me, after April 1, 2018 as Special Adviser on strategic issues on the EU’s agenda, in particular the Multiannual Financial Framework and Brexit Preparedness.”

Five new Directors-General and five new Deputy Directors-General for the Juncker Commission

On February 21, 2018 the European Commission decided on a number of appointments concerning its top management level. Appointing the best people to the right positions will help the Juncker Commission deliver strongly in 2018/2019 and beyond. Today’s senior management decisions concern key strategic areas of the Juncker Commission’s work, ranging from climate action, research, education, youth and culture via social affairs and employment to the Commission’s Secretariat-General and the President’s Cabinet. Today’s appointments will significantly boost the number of women in the position of Directors-General and Deputy Directors-General from just 11 % in November 2014 to 36 % now. This is the result of President Juncker’s commitment to reach a target of 40 % by 31 October 2019.

Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger in charge of Budget and Human Resources said: “By appointing the best people to the right positions, we are determined to use the current window of opportunity and deliver on our political agenda. We are building on the experience of our senior managers, making sure they continue to serve the interest of this institution. I will continue to place a strong emphasis on achieving President Juncker’s target of at least 40 % of women in the Commission’s management.”

http://ec.europa.eu

 

Gap announces departure of Gap Brand President

On February 20, Gap Inc. announced that Jeff Kirwan, President and CEO of the Gap brand, would leave the company.

Jeff Kirwan

In the interim, Brent Hyder, current EVP of Global Talent and Sustainability for Gap Inc., will oversee the brand. Hyder previously served as COO of the Gap brand and as VP and General Manager of Gap Japan, leading all aspects of the business in Japan.

Kirwan has served as President and CEO of the Gap brand since December 2014. He joined the company in April 2007 and previously held various roles at Gap China, Old Navy and Old Navy Canada.

Details from the Announcement

On February 20, Gap announced that Jeff Kirwan, President and CEO of the Gap brand, would leave the company.

In the interim, Brent Hyder, current EVP of Global Talent and Sustainability for Gap Inc., will oversee the brand. Hyder previously served as COO of the Gap brand and as VP and General Manager of Gap Japan, leading all aspects of the business in Japan.

Kirwan has served as President and CEO of the Gap brand since December 2014. He joined the company in April 2007 and previously held various roles at Gap China, Old Navy and Old Navy Canada.

 

Gap’s announced departure chronology

 

 

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Dr Frank Heislitz to be new CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials

Dr Frank Heislitz, currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Freudenberg Performance Materials, will take over the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Freudenberg

Dr Frank Heislitz, new CEO to be of Freudenberrg Performance Materials

Performance Materials with effect from April 1, 2018. Dr Heislitz succeeds Mr. Bruce Olson, who will retire at the end of March 2018 after 11 years of outstanding work for Freudenberg. Bruce Olson will continue to serve as Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of Japan Vilene Company Ltd., a joint venture between Freudenberg and Toray Industries, until the end of 2019.

Dr Heislitz joined the Freudenberg Group in 2001 as assistant to the Management Board. In 2002, he was appointed head of the Competence Center Freudenberg Stamping and Forming Technology at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, after which he took over management of the Lead Center Simmerring Europe in 2005. Before becoming CTO of Freudenberg Performance Materials, he worked for three years as Co-General Manager for the NOK-Freudenberg Group China. Dr Heislitz holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt.

John McNabb takes over as CTO

On January 1, John McNabb took over the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Freudenberg Performance Materials from Richard Shaw, who retired at the end of 2017 after 32 years of excellent work for Freudenberg. As of April 1, 2018, Mr. McNabb will take over the position of CTO of Freudenberg Performance Materials from Dr Heislitz. He will be based in Weinheim.

John McNabb Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Freudenberg Performance Materials since January 1, 2018

McNabb began his career with the Freudenberg Group in 1993 as production manager at Freudenberg Performance Materials in Lowell, USA. He then spent three years at Freudenberg Performance Materials in Weinheim as process engineer and production manager. In January 1998, he returned to the US as Operations Manager for the plant in Hopkinsville, KY. In 2004, he moved to Durham, NC, and has since held various management positions within Freudenberg Performance Materials.

Management Board as of April 1

With effect from April 1, 2018, the Management Board of Freudenberg Performance Materials will consist of three members: Dr Frank Heislitz (CEO), Mr. John McNabb (CTO) and Dr. René Wollert (CFO).

Freudenberg Performance Materials is a leading global manufacturer of innovative technical textiles offering differentiated value propositions to a broad range of markets and applications such as Apparel, Automotive, Building Materials, Hygiene, Medical, Shoe and Leather goods as well as Specialties. In 2016, the company generates sales of more than EUR 950 million and has 25 manufacturing sites in 14 countries and almost 3800 employees. Freudenberg Performance Materials attaches great importance to social and ecological responsibility. For more information, please visit www.freudenberg-pm.com

In 2016, the Freudenberg Group employed more than 48000 people in almost 60 countries worldwide and generated sales of approximately EUR 8.6 billion (including pro-rata consolidation of 50:50 joint ventures).

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