German sports retailer Puma has expanded its board of management, with three new appointments as part of its long-term development plans.

Stefano Caroti joins from Nike, and will take on the new role of chief commercial officer with responsibility for wholesale and retail functions.

Caroti was most recently vice president for EMEA commerce (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at Nike's European headquarters in the Netherlands.

The company also said that from 1 January 2008 it is promoting Antonio Bertone as chief marketing officer and Reiner Seiz as chief supply chain officer.

Bertone currently oversees Puma's global brand and marketing initiatives, while Seiz is responsible for leading the Puma World Cat sourcing organisations.

The appointments mean Puma has successfully completed the re-organisation of its management board as part of its Phase IV strategy - and the existing Puma group executive committee will be disbanded.

Earlier this year a majority stake in Puma was bought by French luxury goods group PPR.