Wolfgang Schnellbügel, 61, passed away on Jan. 1 after four years of fighting against the Lou Gehrig's disease, which is a form of lateral sclerosis. The well-known German executive was the managing director of Sport 2000 International from 2006 to 2015, developing its operations all over Europe and the buying group's collaboration with the sports brands. He became involved with the retail organization in 1999, running the international division of the former Nord-West-Ring buying group and then serving as general manager of Sport 200 Germany for five years. He moved to France with his family in 2015, after his resignation from Sport 2000 International, and for a while ran the French subsidiary of Rohde, a German footwear brand. He remained a member of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry for many years and sat on its board until the beginning of 2016. He was the chairman of CISO, the federation's Committee on International Sports Organizations, from 2010 until the end of 2015.