41-year old Robert Dostert has taken over the country sales helm for Austria, Germany, Poland and Switzerland for the Collective Brands labels Keds, Pro-Keds and Sperry Top-Sider. In November, his predecessor Michael Schmitz moved on to the position of Commercial Director of Lifestyle Europe. Dostert is based in Cologne and reports directly to Schmitz. Previously, Dostert worked with companies such as K-Swiss and Palladium Footwear where he held various sales and marketing positions.

Dostert commented, "Our authentic brands have developed positively over the past seasons. I am looking forward to contribute to their success and truly establish them throughout the markets. I will focus on the extension of our trading network and close customer contact."