Boulder, CO – REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell has been nominated by President Obama to become the next Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary of the Interior is tasked with the protection and preservation of America’s natural resources, cultural and tribal communities, and the people who depend on having access to places in the outdoors.
Boulder, CO – Spyder Active Sports has promoted Russ Rowan to Senior VP of Marketing and Sales and J.J. Collier to Senior VP of Product and Design. Both report directly to CEO Tom McGann.
Rowan comes into his new position having previously worked for Helly Hansen, Burton and O’Neill. Collier comes into his new position having held positions as Senior Designer for Salomon and Design Director for Polo Ralph Lauren RLX.
Haverhill, MA – Swix Sports has partnered with Whistler, British Columbia based backcountry professional skier Eric Hjorleifson to work on its new Swix Sonic adjustable pole collection.
Hjorleifson has worked with several leading winter brands and will lend his professional expertise to the product development process. The Swix Sonic adjustable pole collection will be available for the 2013/2014 season.
Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife Kenneth E. Mayer has been appointed by Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar to represent the Pacific Flyway on the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. He will also be a member of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Advisory Group.
Portland, OR – Chris Elkins has been hired as Skora’s new Global Sales Director. His responsibilities in the position include domestic and international sales strategy, brand positioning, sales and marketing efforts and sales tool creation for reps and retailers.
Elkins comes to the position with almost two decades working with global consumer product brands such as Columbia Sportswear, Sorel, Mountain Hardwear and others.
Boulder, CO – To provide a greater level of service for retail partners in the western states, Sea to Summit has expanded its in-house sales force with the addition of Brian Fisher, Matt Ellsworth and Bryan Hays. In addition, a west coast sales office is slated to open in Portland, Oregon in February.
Simon Bonham will be the new CEO of Hi-Tec Sports USA, replacing Brad Gebhard who came on as CEO in January 2012. With 17 years of experience with Hi-Tec, Bonham will take over the post in Portland, Oregon, coming from the company’s Amsterdam headquarters where he was Global Marketing Director. Previously, his “Inspired by Life” brand campaign helped triple global sales for the brand over the course of three years.
Buena Park, CA – To meet ongoing growth, Evolv Sports has added three new members to their senior management team. Mike Turner has come on as the Sales Manager, Mychele Lepinsky as the Marketing Manager and Linh Nguyen as the Product Line Manager for Rock Climbing.
Louisville, CO – Chris Tennal has been hired as U.S. Sales Manager for Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd. Brands, Rab and Lowe Alpine. Two national sales teams covering the Rab and Lowe Alpine brands will be under Tennal’s management, and will be based out of the USA head office in Louisville, Colorado.