Ralph Rieker, the 55-year-old president of Ricosta, will act as president of the German shoe and leathergoods industry association, HDS/L, for a further two years. He has been in this position since 2007. The is no change in the board of directors except for the entry of a new representative of Adidas, Karl Sedlmeyer, who is also in charge of trade relations at Fesi, the European federation of the sporting goods industry. The two organizations are both in favor of free trade.