Adidas AG has appointed Dr Hans Friderichs as chairman of its supervisory board with immediate effect, replacing Henri Filho who has resigned for personal reasons.

The company's board has also appointed Igor Landau as additional deputy chairman, helping to fill the position left by Friderichs.

Adidas said that Fritz Kammerer remains in office as deputy chairman and that Dr Stefan Jentzsch, who was elected as substitute member by the shareholders in May 2004, now becomes a member of the Supervisory Board.

"The members of the supervisory board and the executive board of Adidas AG thank Henri Filho for his many years of dedication and commitment to the benefit of the group and wish him all the best for the future," a company statement said.