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Columbia Sportswear announces new management appointments
Dec '17
Courtesy: Columbia Sportswear
Courtesy: Columbia Sportswear
Columbia Sportswear company, a leading innovator in the active outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment industries, has announced new management appointments. In addition to the Columbia brand, Columbia Sportswear company also owns the Mountain Hardwear, Sorel, PrAna, and OutDry brands. The company’s brands are sold in around 90 countries.

Melissa Dugan, an industry veteran with 27 years of experience, has been appointed as the vice president, chief accounting officer, reporting to Jim Swanson, senior vice president, chief financial officer.

Swanson said, “We are delighted to announce the addition of a proven industry leader with Melissa assuming the role as our chief accounting officer. Melissa joins our worldwide finance team bringing tremendous experience, including several years in senior level accounting leadership positions at Nike, Inc., as well as prior experience working overseas as an accountant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.”

Additionally, Jennifer Warner has joined Columbia Sportswear as vice president of legal, reporting to Peter Bragdon, executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and general counsel.

Bragdon said, “We are excited to have Jennifer join Columbia as a leader in our legal department. Jennifer brings a wealth of public company and legal operations experience, including work as global chief compliance officer and general counsel for the Americas at XPO Logistics, Inc., a Fortune 200 supply chain and logistics company.”

Warner previously worked as associate counsel for Northwest Natural Gas Company and as an attorney for Stoel Rives LLP. Most recently, she was vice president of compliance and chief development officer for the Ashe Legal Group and AsheWorks, Inc.

As an internal appointment, David Soriano, who has served as the company’s general manager of Asia footwear in Zhuhai, China since early 2016, has assumed the role of vice president of footwear manufacturing, reporting to Tom Cusick, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Cusick said, “David brings a significant amount of leadership experience in footwear manufacturing operations. To assume his new role, David has relocated to our Portland, Oregon headquarters to lead our global footwear manufacturing team and maintain strong partnerships with both the Columbia and Sorel brand functional teams.” (GK)

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