Honeywell has made a tender offer for all the shares in Sperian Protection, the leading French-based supplier of safety shoes and other personal protection equipment. The cash offer of €117 a share, which closed on Sept. 2, was conditional on at least 57 percent of the shares being tendered. Essilor and the family of Ginette Dalloz sold their shares to Honeywell last month, making up 28.28 percent of the equity and 27.53 percent of the voting rights. The transaction has been cleared by anti-trust authorities in the U.S. and Europe. In connection with the acquisition, Harry Friedman has been appointed to the new position of global footwear category manager at Honeywell. He has a long record in the U.S. footwear sector, including international sales positions at Brooks and Rugged Shark. Honeywell owns several footwear brands, many of which have been bought over the past couple of years, including Neos, Pro Warrington, Ranger, Servus, Xtratuf and The Original Muck Company. Most are involved in the industrial and safety sector.