Gerd Bender, sales director for Columbia TriStar Film in Germany since 1990, has been promoted to deputy managing director, by Martin Bachmann, the new managing director of Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International's (CTFDI) German operation. Bender will also continue in his capacity as sales director.

"I have known Gerd since he started at Columbia TriStar more than 12 years ago and have come to value his expertise and experience. I am thrilled to have him at my side as I assume my new position", said Bachmann in a statement.