Ara Shoes moved the management of its distribution in Italy and Eastern Europe from its subsidiary in Austria back to its headquarters in Germany. Gunter Teeuwen and Frank Lüttig, export area managers of Ara Shoes, will cover sales in these territories. Teeuwen will take care of Italy, while Lüttig will cover all Eastern European markets. Josef Pluch remains as export manager for Austria and is still responsible for the company's retail expansion in Austria and Eastern Europe. Ara Shoes opened 17 new franchised stores in China and 10 new franchised stores in Germany and Austria in the course of 2015.