Robert Natter joins the executive board of Garant Schuh + Mode as commercial director, sitting alongside two long-serving members, Ulrich Back and Erika Reinhard. Natter, who is 52 years old, replaces Benno Siebert who left at the beginning of this year to become managing director Salamander Schuh, a new subsidiary of Garant. A graduate in business management, Natter ran for many years the company’s family business, Otto Natter Präzisionsmechanic. In 1995 he joined the management of Zedach, a large German cooperative of wholesalers specializing in building supplies. Separately, Volker Kappel, who worked previously for the Kaufring buying group, has replaced Martin Lorber as Garant’s head of public relations.