Gerry Faassen, who has successfully led Geox’ sales in Germany over the past 5 years, becomes key accounts manager and sales coordinator of Bosum Trading for the distribution of Gant Footwear in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Bosum is a joint venture between Willy Umland, former European manager of Converse, and Albert Bos, whose Dutch-based group has the Gant shoe license for all of Europe, including Russia and Turkey. Bosum reports an 80 percent sales increase in orders for Converse, whose distribution will be separate from that of Gant.