Nonprofit climbing advocacy group the American Alpine Club (AAC) appointed Jonathan “Nat” Matthews as its Operations Director. IN his new role at ACC Matthews will draw on his previous experience, which included leading strategic and financial operations in both the financial services and renewable energy industries. He also advised American Express and Boeing Corp. as a management consultant, according to AAC.
Brian Thompson is now the general manager of ExOfficio, where he will be responsible for building and defining the adventure travel apparel brand, and developing a comprehensive plan for the brand's global growth. In general, Thompson said ExOfficio is looking to “raise the bar on technical performance while also appealing to the style aesthetics of today's adventure traveler.”
VF Corp. hired Dan Cherian to serve as its vice president of global innovation for its performance apparel and footwear division, a new position for the company. In the position Cherian will oversee it’s innovation centers where the company hopes to develop “game-changing advancements” in clothing, footwear accessories across its line of more than 30 brands.
GU Energy Labs, makers of GU energy gels and other sports-focussed drinks and supplements, recently hired four new staff members while also making some internal changes to help grow the brand. The company brought on Randy Parco as its director of quality, Sholeh Esmaili-Montoya as its director of human resources, Pamela Kennedy as its product manager and Celia Santi as its sports marketing manager: Run/Tri/Outdoor. The company also promoted Yuri Hauswald from a brand specialist to its Sports Marketing Manager: Bike.