Manfred Junkert, a 45-year-old attorney who comes from the jewelry sector, has been appointed as the new managing director of HDS, the umbrella association of the German shoe industry. He will gradually take over the positions long held by Philipp Urban, who has already announced his intention to retire. Urban will give up the position of managing director at the end of this year, but he will remain as chairman until a meeting of HDS’ members will decide on his successor next year.