ANWR Schuh, the sales and marketing operations for shoe retailers of Ariston-Nord-West-Ring, has created the position of director of the new sales and service business unit that is to serve the affiliated members. The unit is headed by Thomas Kurth. The 42-year-old was hired from Arvato, a specialty company for customer relationship management, outsourcing and supply management under the helm of Bertelsmann, the huge German media publisher. Before, Kurth got profound insight into buying groups when he worked for EP: Electronic Partner, the big combination of German retailers in the field of electronic goods.