The German shoe industry federation, HDS, has unanimously re-elected Ralph Rieker of Ricosta as its chairman. Two older executives, Wilhelm Möhlmann of Marc Shoes and Hans-Joachim Wolter of Waldi-Schuhfabrik (Finncomfort), are leaving the executive board, and Ralph Wolter, son of Hans-Joachim, is joining it. Norbert Furche, the longtime manager of the Bavarian Shoe Industry Association, is also leaving after 40 years in office. Meanwhile, the members of HDS have agreed to its merger with another German federation, BVLK, in the sector of leather and synthetic products.