Rockford, Mich. — Todd Gordon has been promoted to VP of Sales at Chaco, after playing a key role in record year-over-year growth as director of sales for the footwear brand. In his new role, Gordon will further develop the brand's US wholesale strategy and enrich its presence across retail partners.
Sunderland, U.K — Paul Cosgrove will be the new product manager for Berghaus’ Extrem line, where the brand houses its most advanced and innovative outdoor equipment. Cosgrove was previously the head of marketing and product for Montane before moving to Berghaus. He has a total of 15 years experience in the outdoor industry, and will be based in the brand’s global headquarters in Sunderland, U.K.
Portland, Ore. — Keen is expanding and reshaping its design team, with a new design director and a new development director, both under a new VP of Product, Nikolai Christensen. Christensen will focus on expanding the brand's American Built collection, as well as creating innovative new product styles like Uneek, Keen's latest sandal that's made mostly from parachute cords. Christensen has worked in the outdoor footwear industry for 15 years, most recently at Ecco.
Asheville, N.C. — Astral has hired Christie Dobson as VP of Sales and Marketing, where she will help drive growth for the aquatic safety and footwear brand. Previously, Dobson spent eight years as a sales rep for Patagonia, but she has known Astral CEO and Founder, Philip Curry, for 15 years. Dobson was the field marketing manager for Lotus Designs, Curry's first successful business.
Portland, Ore. — Bobbie Parisi has been announced as the new Marketing VP for Leatherman Tool Group, the parent company for Leatherman multi-tools and LED Lenser Flashlights. In this role, she will be responsible for global brand strategy, advanced product development and product management for both Leatherman and LED Lenser for the U.S. market.
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.