With the new year, Ottmar Barbian has become the new tennis boss at Head. After Dec. 31, he took the place of Robert Marte, who had served for 25 years as division manager for racquet sports. Barbian will also take over Marte's place in the group's top executive management team, but Marte will continue for a while as managing director of Head Sports' Chinese subsidiary, responsible for the production of Head and Penn tennis balls. Barbian has been the director of sales and marketing in Head's racquet sports division for the past four years. Among his previous positions with the group, he was global sales director of Penn.