The Fressnapf Group is mourning the loss of veteran administrative board member Nicola "Nic" Dechamps, who passed away on 9 January at the age of 66.Nic Dechamps began his career in the pet supplies sector at Iams Pet Food. In 2001, he set up his own business as founder and managing director of Genic International. In this capacity he advised companies on retail strategies, multichannel concepts and organisational restructuring.Nic Dechamps was also one of the guiding figures on the administrative board of the Fressnapf Group. Having initially advised the company with regard to internationalisation, he moved to the administrative board in 2013, where he played a key role in shaping the Fressnapf strategy and organisation. As well as acting as a consultant, he became a close confidante and friend of Fressnapf founder and proprietor Torsten Toeller over the years."Nic gave his support to Fressnapf/Maxi Zoo and to me personally for more than 20 years. In addition to his extensive expertise, I admired his life-affirming and positive outlook and his values, which both Fressnapf and I have learned from. Nic was always full of life, happy and confident," said Torsten Toeller.