Jean-Michel Granier, who has been heading up the Adidas Group in South Korea for the last two years, has been appointed as the group's managing director for Latin America from the start of July. Granier previously ran the Adidas Group's subsidiary in Italy and then became managing director for south Europe. He took over in Latin America from André Maestrini, who has held the job since June 2012, after six years as managing director of Adidas France. The Latin America business unit is based in Panama and since 2014 it has included Brazil. Maestrini is moving to the Adidas Group's head office in Herzogenaurach to become general manager for the running category. This job was previously held by Adrian Leek, who in turn has been placed in charge of “horizontal footwear concepts.” This unit is currently under construction and is meant to align the footwear concepts across all divisions in terms of price points, design and technology, and to avoid overlaps. Granier has been replaced at the helm of Adidas South Korea by Eddie Nixon, who was previously vice president of Adidas Japan.