Sportswear company Adidas-Salomon AG has appointed Ulli Gritzhuhn as managing director of its 'central area,' taking the place of Michael Rupp.

Gritzhuhn will take up his position, which involves overseeing business in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, on 1 January 2005.

Rupp is said to be taking a break for personal reasons, and will return to work with Adidas at the start of 2006.