Robin Stalker, chief financial officer at the Adidas Group, told The Financial Times that the company was not facing pressure to divest activities. Speculation has been reported about such pressure after several influential investors built up stakes in Adidas this year: Southern Asset Management (SAM) in the U.S. and investment vehicles related to Albert Frère in Belgium and the Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris. Reebok and Taylor Made, the golf equipment company, are two assets that have been at the center of such speculation, but Stalker told the newspaper that investors had not been pushing for asset sales. Adidas has already agreed the sale of Rockport and said it would decide in the first quarter of next year if it should divest Taylor Made as well. Stalker said that the decision would hinge on strategic considerations, while the group did not need to sell Taylor Made.