Friedrich Schüttfort, a highly respected German shoe retailer who served as chairman of the former Nord-West-Ring buying group, passed away on Jan. 16 at the age of 90. He joined the board of NRW in 1997 and led it from 1982 to 1989. In 1979, he participated in the foundation of Fach-Sport, the forerunner of Sport 2000, and of the NWR Bank, now DZB Bank.