Ara Shoes has appointed Stefan Frank as joint managing director in charge of marketing and sales, taking the place of Hans-Hermann Deters who had already announced his departure as of July 31. Unlike Deters, who comes from the sporting goods sector, Frank has been in the shoe business for a long time. Born in Pirmasens 41 years ago, he has been working for Kennel & Schmenger in a similar position for the last 15 years. Prior to that, he worked at Astor Müller, the company behind Bugatti shoes, for four years. The other two members of Ara's executive board are Maximilian Müller and Thomas Schmies. At K&S, Frank led the company together with its designer, Andreas Klautzsch, but his position will reportedly remain vacant until further notice.