BSI, the German sporting goods industry federation, announced yesterday the abrupt departure of its chairperson, Désirée Derin-Holzapfel. She took the responsibility in 2007 from her father Ernst-Albert Holzapfel, who pass away last June. The reason given for her resignation is the insolvency of her company, Friedola Gebr. Holzapfel, where she acts as chief executive. BSI says it can continue without a chairman until the annual meeting in May. Her responsibilities will be taken over on an interim basis by BSI's three vice chairmen: Karl Sedlmeyer from Adidas, Dirk Kannemeier from Passier and Andreas Schimeck from Marmot. They will be supported by BSI's managing director, Nicole Espey, and her team.