Alpargatas, which owns the Havaianas brand of rubber shoes, has appointed Ivo van Ierland Fred Gregarek to the recently created position of sales manager for Central Europe. For the past five years, the 42-year-old Gregarek has been sales manager for Germany and Austria at Toms. He has also worked in the sales departments of K-Swiss and Columbia Sportswear. Now, in overseeing all of Havaianas' sales in Central Europe, he will be aiming to strengthen front and back offices to optimize service for retailers and pursue the brand's expansion.