Columbia Sportswear European general manager, Paul Gils, has resigned from the company for personal reasons it was revealed yesterday (11 September). 

The outdoor apparel and footwear firm's European operations will be overseen by a transition management team led by Mick McCormick, vice president of sales.

Mr McCormick previously served as executive vice president of global sales for Callaway Golf prior to joining Columbia Sportswear.

Tim Boyle, president and chief executive officer, said: "In the past year, Mick has assembled a team to direct our US sales organisation. Mick and the transition management team will now focus attention on directing European operations."

Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear is one of the world's largest outerwear manufacturers with a portfolio of outdoor brands that includes Columbia Sportswear, Mountain Hardwear, Sorel, Montrail and Pacific Trail.