GERMANY’S BSI ASSOCIATION HAS A NEW PRESIDENT, MANAGEMENT AND BOARD

Members of the German sporting goods manufacturers’ association, BSI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie), elected new people into key positions at its annual meeting in Leipzig last week. The new chairman is Desirée Derin-Holzapfel, managing partner of Friedola Gebr. Holzapfel GmbH. She succeeds her father Ernst-Albert Holzapfel who quits BSI’s presidency after 16 years in office and become honorary chairman.

Siegfried Höhne, the association’s managing director for no less than 32 years, retires and hands over the job to Adalbert von der Osten, a 38-year-old who has held various positions in large German media houses like Axel Springer and Burda. His experience in lobby work comes from his job as assistant to the secretary general of the German farmers’ federation in 2003 and 2004.

There area also major changes on BSI’s board. New vice-chairmen are Georg Dirk Kannemeier of Passier & Sohn GmbH and Andreas Schechinger of Tatonka who preside the BSI committees for horse-riding and outdoor, respectively. Karl Sedlmeyer of Adidas was re-elected as vice-chairman. Wolfgang Zorn, Walter Klein and Thomas Strobl have quit the board.