Fredrik Johanson, chief executive of Intersport Sverige for the last six years, has left the Swedish buying group, it was announced to staff and retailers last week. Johanson's tenure was marked by significant improvements in the performance of the buying group, as well as all-out centralization and the launch of Budget Sport. However, Johanson faced some turbulent times when a plan to take over all of the Intersport stores in Sweden had to be temporarily shelved at the end of last year, due to the poor winter. Stefan Jacobsson, chairman of the company's board, said that the departure had been agreed to amicably, as both parties felt that new energy was required to lead Intersport Sverige through the next phase of its development. Johanson will be replaced on an interim basis by Per Skårner, who briefly served as chief financial officer at Intersport Sverige but comes from unrelated industries, while the company's board is looking for a new chief executive. Intersport Sverige's own stores and member stores achieved sales of 3,359 million Swedish kronor (€390.1m-$512.1m) before VAT last year, which was a decline of 3.2 percent. The turnover was still on the rise until a few weeks before the end of the year, when the very warm conditions hammered sales of many sports retailers in the country.