For the week Feb. 6-12
From the halls of the ispo show in Munich, Germany, came a load of personnel news: On Kettler‘s executive team based at headquarters in Germany is now Hans-Hermann Deters, who is now head of sales and marketing for all divisions, including fitness, both nationally and internationally. Deters had been in Reebok management in Europe since 1993. Matthias Sobania, former sales and marketing chief, has “left the company,” per a statement. Oliver Guetzlaff has taken over as director of the company’s sport/fitness division…. Frank Koch, former director of Kettler’s sports/fitness division, has moved over to Greenmaster’s Reebok Fitness equipment line in Europe…. Icon‘s European division (called Aicon) will be managed by Schmidt Sports as of June 2007, including its brands ProForm, Weider and NordicTrack. Schmidt CEO Lars Kutter will take over management but former Aicon managing director Volker Lauer will continue on with Schmidt covering logistics and after-sales service. Schmidt Sports has specialized in accessories, protective devices and wraps and bandages….
Martijn Nelissen, formerly director of the Accell Fitness division, will take over as managing director of Tunturi. Former Tunturi director Kari Sulin will remain for a time as a consultant for Accell Fitness…. To recognize its broadening product scope, G.I. Joe’s has changed its formal name to G.I. Joe’s — Sports, Outdoor & More…. Mark Smith has been named chairman of the board at GoodLife Fitness, based in London, Ontario, Canada. Smith was the former chair of Town Sports International….
Clint Arms has been named the manager of a new U.S. Fitness Products store, which opened in early February in the Raleigh area. Eric Start will manage the Greensboro Lifestyle Fitness Equipment store. Lifestyle’s co-owner Chip Hunnings has been a partner in the U.S. Fitness company since January…. LifeSpan‘s TR 2000 treadmill was featured in late January on the TV show “The View” in a segment with Rosie O’Donnell titled “New Year, New You….” Icon‘s layoffs of 250 employees at its Clearfield, Utah, factory won’t happen until March, when the company consolidates operations to Logan, where it will add 200 positions, with Clearfield employees having first dibs….
Baby news: Fitness journalist (and SNEWS® freelancer) John Agoglia and his wife had their second child, Lily Rain, who was born Christmas day. As Agoglia said, “Too big for a stocking — weighing in at 9 pounds, 15 ounces, and 21 inches long — she was delivered the old-fashioned way by her mommy (who is way tougher than I’ll ever be by not taking any drugs).” Lily’s older brother, Jake, will be 4 in late February…. Former LA Gym manager Greg Ruffer and his wife welcomed their third child, Katherine “Katie” Ruffer, to the world on Dec. 27. Katie — weighing in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and 19 inches long — joins two older brothers, Nicholas, 7; and Owen, 4. With two older brothers, Katie will be one tough girl!
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