+++ The rating agency MSCI has raised its rating for the Lenzing Group from “A” to “AA” as of September 2021, placing Lenzing among the top six percent of rated companies in its peer group

+++ United Sports Brands, the parent company of Nathan, McDavid, Shock Doctor and Spalding, has moved its European headquarters to a new location in Geel, Belgium



+++ Asics has promoted Richard Sullivan, former president of Asics Canada, as president and CEO of Asics North America, with a seat in the parent company’s executive board

+++ Kathmandu Holdings, the parent company of Rip Curl, has appointed a new independent member of its board of directors, Abigail Foote, a legal and accounting professional with over 12 years of experience in governance



+++ Bergans of Norway, which already has a sales subsidiary in Germany, launched a German-language web store on Oct. 12, justifying the move with the closure of some traditional shops in major cities

+++ Didrikson has launched a web store in the French language to help expand its presence in the market

+++ Allbirds has opened its second store in the Boston area, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts

+++ Supreme is reported to be planning to open its second store in the U.K., possibly again in London, after its openings in Milan and Berlin



+++ Italy’s Cisalfa Sport is launching a line of athleisure by Puma in collaboration with two of its sponsored athletes, Gianmarco Tamberi and Larissa Lapichino, on its web shop and in its own stores

+++ Supreme has launched a collaboration with The North Face for the current season - a logical step since both companies now belong to VF Corp.



+++ Altra has signed up Frank Lara, a 26-year-old professional distance runner born in the U.S.


Trade Shows & Other Events:

+++ The fourth edition of the Oberalp Virtual Convention will take place on Oct. 27 at 5:00 pm CET, focusing on the “Future of Winter Sports”



+++ David Kennedy, one of the founders of Wieden & Kennedy, an advertising agency that has worked with Nike for many years, has passed away