There has been no stop in the changes of management within Italy's Sixty Group, particularly in its footwear segment, which is now led by Marcello Contardi. This former Italian executive of Nike entered the group three years ago to take care of a couple of its brands. He rose through the ranks and recently took responsibility for its clothing operations.
Contardi has taken the place of a seasoned manager, Enrico Pesallaccia, who left a few weeks ago after ten years in the position to consider new options for his future career. A former executive of Fila, which has also gone through many changes lately (see Sporting Goods Intelligence Europe), Pesallaccia has built up the footwear operations of Sixty's brands – Miss Sixty, Energie, Killah and Murphy & Nye – taking them up to a combined annual level of 1.6 million pairs worth €60 million at wholesale.
He also started recently several new development projects for the different brands in emerging markets including a Killah footwear license in China with 100 stores, a Miss Sixty footwear project in the same country with 60 stores and a Miss Sixty footwear project in India with six stores. At the same time, a veteran of the international footwear industry, Killick Datta, has been developing Energie's footwear line in the U.S., Canada, the Middle East and Asia, and he is looking at other territories for the collection. Other projects concern the junior footwear lines of Sixty's brands.
Many other management changes have taken place within Sixty Group recently. Within the footwear division, Alessandro Perletti, a former manager of Geox and Diadora, acted as manager of operations after only a few months in the position. A former top manager of Geox, Guido Pullini, has left Sixty, too, along with Maurizio Perich, former manager of its clothing division, who now works for Fornarina in the same region.
Meanwhile, the group's chief executive, Piero Buongiovanni, has split the responsibilities for the group's global sales between two of its best country managers, Jörg Korfhage in Germany and George Souranakis in Greece. As reported in the previous article, sales of Miss Sixty footwear in the German-speaking countries will be handled by an agency, Euro Brand Management, but it will report to Korfhage.