Branded lifestyle company Vans Inc has hired Howard Kreitzman as vice president and general merchandise manager for its retail division.

Mr Kreitzman has more than 25 years' experience in the retail industry, most recently serving as executive vice president of merchandising at Warner Bros Studio Stores. Prior to Warner Bros he was senior vice president and general merchandise manager at DFS Merchandising, the world's largest duty-free retailer.

Vans Inc operates 160 retail stores in the US and Europe, and designs, markets and distributes active-casual footwear, clothing and accessories, performance footwear for Core Sports, snowboard boots, step-in snowboard boot bindings, and outerwear worldwide.