Columbia Sportswear announces two additions to global leadership team
Steve Woodside joined Columbia on August 25, 2014 in the newly-created role of vice president of global manufacturing, with leadership responsibilities spanning the company's global supply chain for apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment.
Mr. Woodside is a 25-year veteran of footwear and apparel manufacturing, most recently serving in Hong Kong as VF Corp.'s vice president of global footwear, overseeing global footwear sourcing and manufacturing.
Prior, he spent 23 years at Nike, Inc., during which he led both apparel and footwear manufacturing operations at various times, and was instrumental in promoting the adoption of advanced lean manufacturing processes by the company's contract manufacturers. He has spent more than half of his career living and working in Asia, including assignments in Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong.
The company also announced the appointment of marketing veteran Stuart Redsun to the newly-created position of chief marketing officer, effective October 6, 2014.
Mr. Redsun has held numerous marketing leadership roles within the athletic footwear and apparel industry, most recently as senior vice president of global brand marketing for Under Armour, Inc., and at Nike, Inc., where he began his marketing career. He has also led marketing communications for global technology brands Gateway, Motorola and Sony.
In related moves, Columbia announced the pending retirements of current vice president of global marketing, Dan Hanson, and current vice president of global apparel manufacturing, Patrick Werner. ■