Jochen Obrecht was appointed to be the new president of the WMS working group on May 22. WMS, the license held by the German footwear industry, HDS, is the German measuring standard for children's footwear. WMS partners are the German shoe institute DSI and mostly German-speaking footwear licensees such as Richter, Ricosta, Däumlich and Legero. Obrecht, chief executive of Garant Germany, will be succeeding Hans Meurer in the post as head of WMS. Obrecht aims to increase retailers' awareness of the opportunity to use the WMS guidelines as a competitive advantage and a marketing tool.