Michele Jonchère, the former executive of VF Corporation who has been running Rautureau Apple Shoes since 1999, leading its turnaround, has retired from the company, but he will continue to act as a consultant for various firms. He has sold his shares in the parent company of Free Lance, Pom d'Api and Schmoove to the other shareholders from the Rautureau family. Shortly after his departure, the company's French factory suffered some damage from a big rainfall.