US-based running brand Brooks Running Company has promoted Patrick Pons de Vier to senior vice president of global footwear as part of plans to grow its growing footwear business.

The Seattle-based company has also named Gerald Kuhtz as senior design director of global footwear.

According to Brooks, Pons de Vier and Kuhtz will help drive the design, performance and overall experience of Brooks' running shoes as the company continues its quest "to lead each footwear segment in which the brand competes." The new roles are also part of a wider overall investment in performance product.

"Throughout their careers, Patrick and Gerald have driven innovation on category-leading product lines in the performance sport and outdoor segments," says Brooks CEO Jim Weber. "Their success has been an outcome of intense focus on the athlete, enthusiast and active participant and then delivering distinctive product solutions with elegant design and functional technology. We are delighted to have them on the Brooks team."

Pons de Vier will lead Brooks' entire footwear team including design, development, product management, and research and development.

Previous to Brooks, Pons de Vier worked at Amer Sports as the  vice president in charge of Salomon where he led winter sports equipment, apparel and ran footwear strategic alignment and integration. He also pioneered Salomon's snowboard line, ran the brand's footwear business unit and built Amer Sports's footwear platform to launch Arc'teryx footwear.

Meanwhile, Kuhtz joins Brooks to oversee and advance the design component of the company's art-plus-science footwear equation. Previously, Kuhtz served as the vice president of football design for German sportswear giant Adidas.