A search is underway for a new leader at the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) after Frank Hugelmeyer resigned as president and chief executive officer on Friday (3 October).

The trade association represents more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment and services and says it is now looking for "the right person to lead OIA moving forward."

An interim executive director will be appointed while the search is in progress.

"We feel fortunate for Frank's leadership of OIA for so many years through dynamic industry change and evolution," said Jennifer Mull, OIA board chair.

"He has been instrumental in the overall growth of our organisation, including forging many industry and non-industry relationships and establishing our vital influence in Washington, DC. Frank's vision, drive and passion have made an indelible impact on OIA and the industry."

To meet the changing needs of the industry, OIA is sharpening its strategic focus new trends among outdoor consumers, ensuring supply chain resilience and protecting brand reputations, as well as improving product quality.