Adidas announced, that Ben Pruess, in his latest position Vice President adidas Originals, has left the company to pursue other interests back in the United States, effective since the end of 2010.

Ben Pruess joined the adidas group in 1999 working for Salomon snowboard in Annecy, France, later as Brand Manager of Bonfire Snowboarding Inc in Portland, Oregon. In 2003, Pruess moved back to Europe and became Global Head of Footwear for Sport Heritage/Originals. Later he was promoted to the position as Vice President adidas Originals.

Adidas continues to drive the key initiatives within adidas Originals Product Marketing since his departure to ensure a smooth and complete handover/transition with his team. A successor for Ben Pruess has not been announced yet.