Another UK-based executive of ECCO, Sam Spears, left the company last December to join Pentland Group again as vice president of footwear for Ellesse International. He comes from ECCO in London where he headed up its Receptor sub-brand. Spears had worked for Pentland before joining ECCO, running the footwear division of Pony prior to a change of ownership. He was in charge of the company’s sporty Receptor line. The management of the line is being handled for the moment by executives in Denmark and Germany, pending a replacement who should be named in about three months’ time.