Outdoor gear and clothing retailer Jack Wolfskin has tapped Helly Hansen Group’s chief product officer Richard Collier as its new CEO.
Collier will join the company on 1 December, assuming responsibility for the successful further development of the strategic brand positioning, and the continued internationalisation for Jack Wolfskin.
The appointment follows the news in June that current CEO Melody Harris-Jensbach and Callaway Golf had been amicably preparing a succession arrangement. The arrangement follows the completion of the Jack Wolfskin integration into the Callaway Group, which was acquired in 2019.
Harris-Jensbach, who has been CEO since 2014, will continue to support the company in an executive consulting capacity.
“Richard’s broad and impressive experience in a multi-national, multi-brand company will help drive the further development of Jack Wolfskin,” said Joe Flannery, Callaway Golf executive vice president, apparel and soft goods. “In addition to his international business acumen and leadership skills, he has a strong understanding of Jack Wolfskin’s core market. I am convinced that his experience and expertise will help drive continued innovation and success for the business.”
Collier is moving to Jack Wolfskin from the Helly Hansen Group, a leading supplier of technical ski, sailing, and workwear based in Oslo, Norway. He has worked there for the last 17 years, most recently as chief product officer. During his tenure, Collier is said to have contributed significantly to the firm’s product, brand, operational and financial performance, and built its social responsibility and sustainability credentials from the ground up.
Prior to joining the Helly Hansen Group, he has held roles at Kurt Salmon Associates and Adidas.
Jack Wolfskin recently said it is rolling out products bearing the ‘Grüner Knopf’ (Green Button) textile seal – the German government’s eco-label for sustainable clothing and textiles.