Portland, Ore. — Columbia Sportswear Company is restructuring its leadership to capitalize on its two fastest-growing brands: Sorel and Columbia. The company announced that it would be moving two of its global merchandising and design heads to newly-created brand-specific roles. Joe Boyle will move from vice president of apparel merchandising to vice president of Columbia brand merchandising and design, where he will oversee product design for apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment. In addition, Mark Nenow will move from vice president of global footwear merchandising and design to president of the Sorel brand.
Portland, Ore. — Brad Webb will be the new VP of Sales for Gerber. In this role for the knife and tool brand, he will oversee internal directors, managers, coordinators, customer service and Gerber’s external sales partners. Webb previously worked as VP of Sales Operations with Plano Synergy, and has experience in hunting, outdoor recreation and sporting goods markets, including at Crosman Corporation and Primos Hunting Calls.
Park City, Utah — POC has hired Ryan Barnes as North American Snow Sales Manager. Barnes has worked previously as a senior buyer at The Clymb, and a former head coach at Mt. Hood Academy. Jonas Söderqvist, interim managing director of POC North America, said that Barnes’ diverse background in the ski and sporting goods industries will make him a good fit for POC.
Hong Kong — One of the major figures in the European and Asian outdoor scene passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. Knut Jaeger spent the past several years as an instrumental figure in building Messe Friedrichshafen’s Asia OutDoor and Asia Bike shows. He died of a heart attack on Jan. 31 at the age of 72.
Bala Cynyd, Penn. — Textile supplier HLC Industries has hired Peter Raneri as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Raneri has nearly three decades of diverse apparel and textile sales experience. He’s previously worked for Brand & Oppenheimer, which supplies textiles for military and commercial purposes similar to the way HLC Industries does. He has also worked in sales roles for Industrial Opportunities and AccuMed Technologies.
David Ingemie will be stepping down as president of SnowSports Industries America (SIA) after the 2016 SIA Snow Show, after 34 years at the head of the organization. Ingemie will spend the next year working with his as-yet-unnamed successor on transitioning leadership.