Michael Zoller, who has coordinated the Elefanten project of private label children’s wear for Deichmann, has been appointed as marketing manager of Stride Rite Europe. He thus joins the team of a former Elefanten manager, Stephan Krug, who has remains as Stride Rite’s general manager for Europe after the company’s takeover by Payless Shoesource.

Meanwhile Ricardo Meyer, the former international director of Elefanten who is now running Ben Sherman Footwear’s international department, has hired Marco Kroner as footwear director for the German market, based in Düsseldorf. He may be given wider European responsibilities at a later stage. Kroner previously worked for Elefanten as well as Richter.