USA: Wolverine Unveils Outdoor Personnel Changes
Footwear company Wolverine World Wide has made a number of organisational promotions within its outdoor footwear group, which consists of the Merrell, Sebago and Patagonia businesses.
Scott Sible has been promoted to group vice president and general manager of Merrell, where will have full responsibility for Merrell global operations, including brand management, sales and marketing. Scott joined the company in 1999 and has been actively involved in all facets of Outdoor strategy and product initiatives.
Rod Stafford has been promoted to group vice president and general manager of Sebago, where he will be responsible for the global brand development, sales and marketing of Sebago. In his eight years at the company, Stafford has held senior positions in the international operations of the Sebago, Merrell and CAT brands.
Craig Throne has been promoted to group vice president & general manager of Patagonia, where he will lead the new Patagonia initiative on a global basis, with the initial launch of product anticipated for the spring 2007 season. Throne, who joined Wolverine in 1999, was initially responsible for the European Sales initiatives for Merrell Footwear and most recently served as regional manager for the Asia Pacific region.
Onder Ors has been promoted to join the outdoor group as group vice president of international. In this role, Ors will have global responsibility for all of the outdoor brands and operations with third- party distributors. Ors has been with the Company for more than eight years and most recently served as vice president and general manager of the Bates operation.
Charles Willis, currently creative director for outdoor, has been promoted to group vice president - creative director. In this role, Willis will continue to lead the strategic direction, innovation and product development of the group.
Tobin Teichgraeber has joined outdoor as creative director of Merrell apparel. Teichgraeber will lead the design and development effort for the Merrell apparel collection, which is scheduled to retailed from autumn 2007. Tobin has more than 12 years of experience in the outdoor and apparel sector and most recently was the senior design director at Helly Hanson.
In addition to these organisational changes, Christian Triquet, president of Merrell Canada, and Mike Lynskey, managing director of Merrell Europe, will both continue to be responsible for the outdoor business across all brands in these international markets.
Wolverine is one of the world's leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and slippers. Brands include Bates, Hush Puppies, HYTEST, Merrell, Sebago and Wolverine. The Company is also the exclusive footwear licensee of popular brands including CAT, Harley-Davidson, Patagonia and Stanley.
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