A new export manager takes the helm at the German shoe manufacturer GaborHelmut Seidl, 49, took up the post on July 1, as Bernd Scharsig retired after holding the position for 39 years.

Seidl was responsible for new markets at Gabor’s export department for 25 years, serving as Scharsig’s deputy.

In particular, he helped the Rosenheim-based company grow in the Asian and Eastern European markets and contributed to its strong presence abroad, with foreign sales now making up almost half of Gabor’s business.

Seidl now aims to support sales in the existing markets and to further expand sales in new markets. He will report directly to CEO Achim Gabor.