Sports goods giant Adidas-Salomon's adidas America unit has named Rob Langstaff as president.

Langstaff, who will become president on 1 January, will oversee all adidas operations in the North American market.

Langstaff has held increasingly important strategic and management positions in adidas' Europe, Asia and North America operations, most recently serving as president of adidas Japan.

Christophe Bezu, head of adidas Asia/Pacific, will continue to have overall oversight of the adidas operations in Japan.