Brooks Sports Inc has announced today the appointment of Jim Weber as president and CEO.

Weber will be responsible for strengthening the Brooks brand, growing sales and developing marketing partnerships with key retailers.

Prior to joining Brooks Sports Inc, Weber was managing director at US Bancorp Piper Jaffray in its Seattle Investment Banking practice. In that role, Weber focused on both public and private companies in the consumer products industry. Jim has also been on the Brooks Board for the past two years.

Weber said, "I am very excited to be joining the Brooks team. As a runner for more than 25 years, I am passionate about taking this brand to the next level."

Weber has a record of successful brand building in the sports industry. He was chairman and CEO of Sims Sports Inc an action-sports company, president of O'Brien International Inc, a leading water sports company and president of Coleman Spas Inc a division of The Coleman Company. Jim's career has included marketing and strategic development positions at The Pillsbury Company.

"Jim Weber brings to Brooks a strong record of achievement in developing brands, growing sales and increasing market share. We welcome his experience and leadership to Brooks and are confident he will have a significant impact on expanding sales and developing strong strategic marketing partnerships," said Paul Vigano, a principal at Whitney & Co, the majority shareholder.

The former president, Eric Dreyer has left Brooks Sports Inc to pursue other endeavors. Vigano said, "Eric has made a significant contribution to Brooks over the years and we wish him every success."

Brooks Sports Inc also announced that Ann Iverson joined the board of directors. Iverson has held CEO positions with Laura Ashley, KayBee Toys and Mothercare UK, has over 40 years in the retail industry, including Bloomingdale's and divisions of Dayton Hudson along with 10 years in the international arena.