Avalanche Education Org. Hires New Executive Director

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tim bennetTim Bennet will be taking on the Executive Director and Operations Director positions at the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), replacing both Brian Lazar and Tom Murphy in their respective roles. Lazar and Murphy are moving to the Board of Directors. Bennet started working in nonprofit management in 2001 with the Boy Scouts of America. He has also worked as the Director of Marketing and Development for Colorado Enterprise Fund (a community development financial institution) and as Risk Management Advisor with Flood & Peterson.

Toad&Co Names New Head of Wholesale Sales

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tc molly terrienSanta Barbara, Calif. — Molly Terrien is the new head of wholesale sales at Toad&Co, where she will play a key role in growing the brand following its name change earlier this year. (It was formerly known as Horny Toad.) She was chosen because of her experience with developing product launch strategies that align with key retailers.

Garmont Moves Back to U.S.

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bill dodgeMontbelluna, Italy — Garmont is returning to North America as a footwear brand, with Bill Dodge as CEO. Dodge most recently worked for Wolverine Worldwide, where he oversaw Merrell, Chaco, and the recently ended Patagonia Footwear line.

Outdoor Retailer Under New Leadership

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MarisaNicholsonPicSan Juan Capistrano, Calif. — Longtime head of Outdoor Retailer, Kenji Haroutunian, has been let go after 15 years with the organization. Marisa Nicholson, formerly OR’s Group Sales Director of the Sports Group, will take over.

V.F. Corp.’s American Coalition President Moves to Aldo Group

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Patrik-FriskStratham, N.H. — Patrik Frisk will take on the CEO role at Aldo Group, after three years of overseeing V.F. Corp’s American businesses, including Timberland and The North Face. Frisk had worked in a variety of positions at V.F. Corp before becoming coalition president for the American businesses earlier this year. At Aldo, Frisk will replace the former CEO, Rejean Dionne, who is retiring in November.

Leedham to Lead Berghaus

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Richard LeedhamRichard Leedham was recently named the official brand president of Berghaus, after having operated in the role on an interim basis since August. Leedham will be responsible for Berghaus’ continuing global expansion, and with finishing the integration of U.K. footwear brand Brasher into the Berghaus line.

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