Reynier van Bommel unexpectedly took the helm of the Dutch shoe company named after his family last month. The position had been held for six years by Paul Petit, who left Van Bommel over unspecified disagreements about its strategic investments. Hitherto commercial director at Van Bommel, Reynier had been widely tipped as the company’s future general manager, but the timing was still unexpected since the family firmly denied just a few weeks ago that Reynier would take over any time soon. Floris van Bommel, Reynier’s younger brother, has made a name for himself at the company by leading a sporty range bearing his name, while the third brother, Pepijn, finished his studies and joined the company a few weeks ago. Petit, who had been with Van Bommel for 22 years, did not have any shares in the company, which is entirely owned by the three Van Bommel brothers, the ninth generation heirs of the company’s founder. A new commercial director is to be recruited from outside Van Bommel to start at the beginning of next month. The Dutch company, which specializes in men's shoes, sold about 380,000 pairs of shoes last year.