New Awards And Innovation Team Created At ISPO

Jacqueline Eskandar, Susanne Reinthaler and Stephan Barth appointed (Senior) Product Managers for the newly formed Awards & Innovation team. The new team will focus on product organisation, execution and enhancement across the ISPO network.

ISPO Awards and Innovation team

Press Release:
ISPO forms new Awards & Innovation team

With the ISPO Award, ISPO Brandnew and ISPO Textrends, the all-year ISPO sports network offers three platforms for the latest innovations in the sporting goods industry. A new internal team will now handle the entire organisation, execution and enhancement of the products.

  • New internal team will work for the ISPO award and innovation platforms
  • Start is set for the second competition for Outstanding Outdoor

From recognition of exceptional material and design innovations to the springboard for start-ups and the award for the best products in the sporting goods and outdoor industry: The product platforms ISPO TextrendsISPO Brandnew and ISPO Award with their related honours have been relevant seals of quality and trend indicators for the sporting goods business for years now. All three platforms are playing an increasingly important role within the ISPO portfolio. The award portfolio was expanded last year with the addition of Outstanding Outdoor. To address the growing strategic significance, ISPO is expanding the related internal product management team.

New, well-known team
On January 1, Franziska Zindl became Head of Awards & Innovation and replaced David Badalec who left the company. Previously, Zindl had served as ISPO Community Manager in the area of Digitise—Retail & Industry Services since October 2018. Before moving to Munich, she was a project manager at Messe Berlin, including for tools Berlin and Retailtech Solutions at Panorama Berlin.

The newly created positions of (Senior) Product Manager for Awards & Innovation were assumed by three well-known ISPO colleagues:

  • Jacqueline Eskandar worked for two years at in the area of sales & marketing before she joined the ISPO team in 2016. In addition to her work as project manager for ISPO Munich and OutDoor by ISPO, she has been working with the ISPO Award and, occasionally, with ISPO Brandnew since 2018.
  • Susanne Reinthaler has been a project manager for ISPO Munich and OutDoor by ISPO in the areas of outdoor and snowsports since 2018. The 28-year-old sports economist also worked for more than three years as marketing manager at Marmot Mountain Europe GmbH.
  • Stephan Barth followed his athletic passion after completing a banker training program and earning a business administration degree. After completing an internship at ISPO Open Innovation, he assumed a full-time position as a project manager for ISPO Digitise and for the segments snowsports and shoes at ISPO Munich and OutDoor by ISPO.

The partnership with the creative agency Pascher+Heinz was ended following the restructuring of the team and the conclusion of the past ISPO Munich. “For more than 20 years Pascher+Heinz served as the agency for our award and innovation platforms. We would like to thank them for our long, trusting partnership,” said Dr. Jeanette Loos, Global ISPO Group Director.

Outlook: Outstanding Outdoor enters the second round
The new team got down to work right away: In the lead-up to the next OutDoor by ISPO (June 28 – July 1, 2020, in Munich), the second competition for the product award Outstanding Outdoor that is presented to exceptional outdoor and sporting goods products is about to take place. The nomination period will run from April 1 to May 8. Special early-bird conditions apply until April 17.

All information will soon be available on the website.


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