Yrjö Gorski has been elected as interim president of CEDDEC, the European shoe retailers’ association, to replace Massimo Donda until at least the regular general assembly of next March. Gorski, who runs the Fashion Retailers’ Association of Finland, had been the president of CEDDEC between 2000 and 2003. Donda, who continues to run the Italian shoe retailers’ association, Federcalzature, followed Gorski in 2003. He had been re-elected to a 2-year term last March. At the general assembly in Düsseldorf last Sept. 19, the members of CEDDEC voted to revoke Donda’s mandate for still unexplained reasons, probably connecte to his somewhat flamboyant style, but they thanked him for the numerous initiatives that he has undertaken. He is now threatening legal action or the pullout of his association from CEDDEC. In accepting a new interim mandate only until next March, Gorski plans to get input from the national associations in the next few weeks on certain issues, such as factory outlets, on the contents of a new strategy for CEDDEC, and on the structures and methods needed to implement it. A brain-storming session is planned at the next Expo Riva Schuh fair, and the final strategy will be adopted at the next general assembly during the GDS.