Shoe expert and industry insider Harald Neisser died on Sept. 20, after a serious illness. Serving most recently as a consultant for the German firm Erich Rohde, where he was previously managing director, Neisser was 68 years old.

He was active in the shoe industry for decades in different capacities and was considered an expert in shoe production, with extensive connections across the sector. 

Neisser began his career in the shoe industry in the early 1970s, working as a branch manager and later as a purchasing manager at Darmstadt-based shoe chain Dielmann

After thirteen years at the company, he joined the management team at the shoe importer Kalliwoda, where he worked for seven years. 

From 1998 to 2008, Neisser worked as a manager at Ariston and later held a board position at the ANWR Group

He then joined Swiss footwear and accessories company Rieker, where he managed the realignment of the Più di Servas brand and was responsible for everything from product development to sales. 

In 2010, Neisser established his own company with a focus on product development, offering consulting services for the shoe industry and footwear retail. 

From 2011 to 2012, he served as managing director at Berlin-based shoe chain Leiser, where he was responsible for purchasing, sales and marketing. In 2015, Neisser took the role of managing director at Schwalmstadt shoe supplier Erich Rohde, which he held until early 2017.