Texon, the global supplier of materials for footwear and other industries, has hired Simon Browne as director of key accounts for Europe. Browne had been working in key accounts since 1993 for another major materials company, Freudenberg, most recently as global head of SBU shoe components. He has been based in Germany for the past six years and will remain there in his new position. Texon produces non-woven saturated felts, extruded films, wet-web saturated cellulose paperboard and technical fabrics: the raw materials for heel counters, toe-puffs, insoles and shoe uppers.