Seattle, Wash. — United Kingdom-based Nikwax has hired Brian Davidson as director of sales for North America. He brings more than 20 years of experience in sporting goods sales management, including both national and specialty accounts. Previously Davidson had worked in sales management in marine accessories and fitness equipment categories.
Park City, Utah — Decorated Paralympic skier and motivational speaker Chris Waddell has released his first book, "Things I Want to Remember Not to Forget," spurred by his 2011 Middlebury College commencement address. The book provides a glimpse into Waddell's struggles after a 1988 skiing accident left the Middlebury, Vt., college student paralyzed from the waist down.
Lawrence, Mass. – Textile manufacturer Polartec LLC has hired Darren Josey as its North American marketing manager. In that role, he will be responsible for marketing the brand across all North American categories and business channels including outdoor, fitness, fashion, upholstery, military, work wear and medical.
Manchester, N.H. — Johnson Outdoors Gear Inc. has hired Paul Leonard as its product manager for its Eureka! camping brand. Leonard will be responsible for driving Eureka!’s product development from concept, design and development to commercialization. An outdoor industry veteran, he most recently spent more than 10 years at Peterborough, N.H.-based Eastern Mountain Sports in various roles ranging from sales associate to manager of sourcing and product development.
Bend, Ore. — Hydro Flask has hired Mike Wallenfels as Vice President of Worldwide Sales, where he will be charged with leading the brand's global expansion efforts and continuing revenue growth. Prior to being hired by the water bottle brand, Wallenfels was CEO of Timbuk2, where he was head of re-organization efforts. He has also served as President of Mountain Hardwear (which he co-founded) and Montrail.
Concord, Mass. — Vibram CEO Antonio Dus has resigned. No permanent replacement has been named. Vibram president and chairman of the board Marco Bramani, grandson of the brand's founder Vitale Bramani, will take over as interim CEO. Dus was appointed CEO of Vibram Worldwide in 2013, replacing Bramani. Dus had previously worked as Bramani's advisor.
Vienna, Austria — Stefan Doboczky will take over the reigns of Lenzing, the Austrian marketer of the Tencel-branded fiber and manufacturer of man-made viscose fabrics. He takes over as chief executive officer as the manufacturer continues to struggle with a decline in sales due to the plummeting market prices for yarns.
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.