Performance fabric maker Polartec has appointed former Timberland president Gary Smith as chief executive officer and Joe Robinson as chief financial officer.

Smith will join the company today (1 November) and succeed Andrew Vecchione, who announced his departure in July.

Robinson has previously served as vice president of global finance for Converse at sportswear giant Nike.

"The board is highly confident that the new senior management team, working with Polartec's dedicated employees in North America and around the world, will continue the company's successful growth trajectory and capitalise on Polartec's many strengths and competitive advantages, including its leading edge product portfolio and world class customers," said Gregory Segall, CEO of parent company Vera Capital management and Polartec board member. 

Smith and Robinson will join Jon Adelman, executive vice president of global sales and marketing, as the senior leadership team.