Early this year, Uwe Gottschalk became a member of the executive board at Vaude, the German maker of mountain-sports gear. For the past three years, Gottschalk has led the Products Division at Vaude, focusing on sustainability and innovation. During his tenure, the proportion of sustainable Green Shape products in apparel has increased to 98 percent, the apparel collection has been made 100 percent PFC-free, and Vaude was awarded Leader Status by the Fair Wear Foundation in 2018. Gottschalk also set up the team that has produced award-winning seamless tents and the Green Shape Core Collection.