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    Brian Montgomery, the charismatic Irish executive who led the European...

    2015-11-30T00:00:00Z

    Brian Montgomery, the charismatic Irish executive who led the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA) for many years, has passed away. He was 81 years old. Gentle but firm, Montgomery was instrumental in protecting the European bike industry for more than 30 years through anti-dumping duties and other measures against China ...

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    Skip Yowell, a co-founder of JanSport, passed away at 69...

    2015-10-19T00:00:00Z

    Skip Yowell, a co-founder of JanSport, passed away at 69 on Oct. 13 at his home in Kansas, following an illness. Yowell founded the company in 1967 in Seattle, Washington, together with his cousin, Murray Pletz, and a seamstress, Jan Lewis, to make backpacks for the outdoors. The company went ...

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    Richard “Dick” Donahue, a former president of Nike, passed away...

    2015-09-30T00:00:00Z

    Richard “Dick” Donahue, a former president of Nike, passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 88. A trial lawyer with close links to the Kennedy family, Donahue became a Nike director in 1978 and helped to map out the brand's international forays in the late eighties. He ...

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    Ernst Albert Hans Holzapfel, who served as president of the...

    2015-07-09T00:00:00Z

    Ernst Albert Hans Holzapfel, who served as president of the German sporting goods industry federation (BSI) from 1991 to 2007, passed away on June 23 at the age of 79. While running the family company, Friedola, in its fourth generation, Holzapfel occupied other honorary posts including the chairmanship of the ...

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    A member of the Oregon track team that accompanied the...

    2015-07-09T00:00:00Z

    A member of the Oregon track team that accompanied the start of Phil Knight's business, James Gorman was among the U.S. industry pioneers who contributed to the rise of Nike as well as several other brands in the U.S. market. A sub-four minute miler at the University of Oregon, he ...

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    Francesco Delladio passed away on June 29, at the age...

    2015-07-09T00:00:00Z

    Francesco Delladio passed away on June 29, at the age of 88. He worked all his life for La Sportiva, the Italian company founded in 1928 by his father Narciso Delladio, expanding its presence internationally. La Sportiva is currently run by Francesco's son, Lorenzo Delladio, and by his granddaughter, Giulia ...

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    Harrison Greenberg, 19-year-old son of Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers...

    2015-04-15T00:00:00Z

    Harrison Greenberg, 19-year-old son of Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers USA, died unexpectedly on April 6 while on a vacation in Thailand. His death was attributed by the company to a tragic and sudden choking accident. Introduced since the age of 15 to the family s business, he had been ...

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    Literally at the end of the Ispo Beijing show, Knut...

    2015-02-03T00:00:00Z

    Literally at the end of the Ispo Beijing show, Knut Jaeger passed away. This pioneer of the Chinese outdoor industry died in Hong Kong, where he was based, at the age of 72, right after coming back from Ispo. Jaeger had a focus on China since in the late 1980s, ...

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    John Forzani, the former professional footballer who founded and built...

    2014-11-03T00:00:00Z

    John Forzani, the former professional footballer who founded and built up Canada's largest sporting goods retailer until its sale to Canadian Tire three years ago, died in a California hospital on Oct. 31 at the age of 67, following a massive heart attack. Among other retail operations, Forzani was the ...

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    Bob Carr, a highly respected American journalist who we knew...

    2014-10-14T00:00:00Z

    Bob Carr, a highly respected American journalist who we knew well, died on Sept. 28 of a heart attack at the age of 72, after many years of valiantly fighting against a series of health challenges. He became the editor of Sporting Goods Business when the U.S. magazine was founded ...

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    Franz Völkl, former chief executive of the famous ski brand...

    2014-08-01T00:00:00Z

    Franz Völkl, former chief executive of the famous ski brand and inventor of carbon technology for skis, passed away at the age of 87. The Völkl company, one of the pioneers of modern skis, was founded by Franz Völkl's grandfather in 1895. He assumed the management in 1952, succeeding his ...

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    Stephanie L. Kwolek, the DuPont chemist who invented Kevlar, died...

    2014-06-30T00:00:00Z

    Stephanie L. Kwolek, the DuPont chemist who invented Kevlar, died after a brief illness on June 18. She was 90. Initially, she wanted to be a fashion designer. The light, sturdy and flexible material that she developed from a liquid crystalline solution in 1965, when she was 42, is now ...

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    Jacques Altimani, a highly energetic and well respected executive who...

    2014-06-30T00:00:00Z

    Jacques Altimani, a highly energetic and well respected executive who led Head-Tyrolia in France for many years, passed away a few days ago, after a long illness. He was 69 years old. After acting as French distributor for Moncler and Ramy's ski bindings, Altimani set up Head's French operation in ...

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    Günter Brendle, a former president of Puma's executive board, passed...

    2014-04-22T00:00:00Z

    Günter Brendle, a former president of Puma's executive board, passed away at the age of 70 on March 27. He joined the Cat in the early 1980s as sales director. He expanded the company's international activities, especially in Asia, and helped the late Rudolf Dassler to organize Puma's initial public ...

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    Hobie Alter, also known as the Henry Ford of the...

    2014-04-22T00:00:00Z

    Hobie Alter, also known as the Henry Ford of the surfboard industry, died on March 29 at his home in Palm Desert, California at the age of 80. A surfer himself, he started out crafting handmade 9-foot balsa wood surfboards for his friends in the garage of his family's summer ...

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    An emblematic personality in the Swedish outdoor industry, Åke Nordin,...

    2014-01-14T00:00:00Z

    An emblematic personality in the Swedish outdoor industry, Åke Nordin, has passed away at the age of 77. He was the hard-headed Swedish entrepreneur who built his own backpack at 14 and founded Fjällräven in Örnsköldsvik in 1960. The company subsequently diversified its range and bought other outdor companies to ...

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    Peter Wahle, who acted as chief executive of Sport Eybl...

    2013-11-16T00:00:00Z

    Peter Wahle, who acted as chief executive of Sport Eybl Sports Experts from 2007 to 2012, died a few days ago of a heart attack. He was 53 years old. Wahle ran Austria's biggest sporting goods retailer after occupying executive positions at two major mail order catalog houses, ...

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    Sport Partner from the Netherlands has reported the death of...

    2013-10-28T00:00:00Z

    Sport Partner from the Netherlands has reported the death of Albertus Cornelis Johannes at the age of 78. Commonly known as “Ab” van Bergen, he ran his eponymous distribution company, specializing in camping and winter sports. He worked as a buyer for the former Golden Team cooperative of retailers, and ...

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    We have learnt that Marianne Hoffmann passed away at the...

    2013-10-04T00:00:00Z

    We have learnt that Marianne Hoffmann passed away at the age of 93 on Aug. 15. As the sister of the late Käthe Dassler, she was the sister-in-law of Adi Dassler, the late founder of Adidas. She founded her own sporting goods store together with her husband, Hans, in Herzogenaurach ...

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    Anton “Toni” Arnsteiner, the Austrian who launched the Blizzard brand...

    2013-09-05T00:00:00Z

    Anton “Toni” Arnsteiner, the Austrian who launched the Blizzard brand in 1953, has passed away in Mittersill, where his company has been located from the start. He was 88 years old. He started making skis at his parents' table factory soon after coming back wounded from the war in 1945. ...