• Amy Beck
    Amy Beck

Kathmandu Holdings Ltd has announced the appointment of Amy Beck as president of Oboz and Kathmandu North America today.


Beck will be based at the company's North American headquarters in Bozeman, Montana.


Oboz Footwear founder, president and CEO John Connelly sold the company to New Zealand based Kathmandu Holdings last year.


He has supported Kathmandu in its search to appoint the right person to take over executive leadership of the outdoor footwear company as part of his plan to step back.


Beck has extensive experience in the outdoor and fashion industries with a wide range of skills including retail, brand marketing, distribution strategy and sales management.


More recently, she held executive roles at Smartwool and Lucy Activewear, both part of VF Corporation.


“I am delighted to welcome Amy Beck to Oboz,” Connelly said.


“Amy has successfully demonstrated throughout her career ability to grow businesses and build up authentic brands in the North American outdoor specialty channel.


“I look forward to seeing Amy bring Oboz and Kathmandu to their next stage of growth in North America.”


Kathmandu CEO Xavier Simonet said that Beck's appointment was key for both Kathmandu and Oboz.


“This is a key appointment for Kathmandu and Oboz and I am delighted that Amy will be joining the team.


“John Connelly is an iconic figure in the North American outdoor industry.


“Although John is going to step back from his current role as president and CEO of Oboz, he will continue contributing to the development of the business as brand ambassador for Kathmandu and Oboz.”


Beck, who will formally commence her role from April 1, 2019, said she was excited to join the team.


“I am very excited to join the Oboz and Kathmandu North America team.


“Both brands are authentic and true to their roots and heritage.


“I see an enormous potential for Oboz and Kathmandu in North America by continuing to develop long term partnerships within the specialty outdoor distribution and by bringing to market creative and innovative products.”

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