Outdoor apparel and footwear maker Columbia Sportswear Company on Wednesday said Paul Gils has been appointed general manager Europe and Mike Prendergast has been promoted to president of its Sorel division.

As general manager Europe, Gils will be responsible for managing all aspects of sales, marketing and administration of Columbia products in Europe.

He joins Columbia following a ten year career with Nike Europe, most recently serving as general manager footwear, Germany, and will be based in Columbia's European headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

In Prendergast's role as president Sorel, he will manage all aspects of the Sorel apparel and footwear brand.

Prendergast joined Columbia in 2002 as national sales manager for the Sorel division. Prior to joining Sorel, he served as SVP sales and marketing for Duck Head Apparel, and held similar senior sales management positions with Bugle Boy Industries and Hathaway Shirt Company.