Obituaries: Lauren Boix-Vives, Frank Dassler

Left: Lauren Boix-Vives. Right: Frank Dassler.

The sporting goods industry lost two European titans last week.

Rossignol Group president and leader Lauren Boix-Vives, who acquired the French brand’s ski factory in 1956 at the age of 29 and spearheaded the organization until 2005, died June 18. He was 93. His passion for skiing kept him close to the brand’s athletes and champions for many years.

Separately, the World Federation of Sporting Goods (WFSGI) and Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) today announced the June 20 passing of Frank Dassler. The 64-year old was the grandson of Rudolf Dassler, founder of Puma, and the president of Puma’s U.S. subsidiary between 1985 and 1987. Later, after opening the law firm Anwaltskanzlei Dassler, which continues to operate, Dassler served as the general counsel to the Adidas Group for 14 years until 2018, and as a WFSGI board member and organization president from 2014 to 2017. At the WFSGI, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Armin Dassler, who was a founding member of the trade group and its president from 1986 to 1989. Dassler is survived by his wife, Sabine, and son, Christopher.