VF Corp. appointed Steve Murray, pictured above, former president of Vans, to the new position of vice president, strategic projects. Murray’s initial focus will include elevating The North Face brand’s footwear product strategy and supporting the successful integration of the Altra brand into VF and the extension of its technical footwear capabilities into VF’s outdoor footwear platform.
Switzerland-based Fenix Outdoor International AG has acquired U.S.-based outdoor and travel apparel company Royal Robbins. Terms were not disclosed.
The National Football League and Nike announced an extension to the league’s on-field rights partnership for another eight years. The new deal will take place when the current one expires in 2020 and will run through 2028.
Keen hired Tim Bartels as vice president of sales for the Outdoor, Lifestyle and Kids (OLK) categories. Bartels worked for Keen as VP of sales from 2006-2008.
Vista Outdoor named Miguel “Mick” Lopez as the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Mammut, the Swiss producer of premium outdoor equipment and apparel, appointed Joe Prebich as managing director of Mammut North America. Bill Supple will transition from his role as CEO in late April.
Arc’teryx has appointed Dominique Morisset to the new role of general manager, Arc’teryx Veilance.
Newell Brands delivered a letter to Starboard Value and Opportunity Master Fund Ltd. from the board of directors addressing many of the activist hedge fund’s concerns.
Boardriders Inc., the parent of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes brands, announced that the shareholders of Billabong International Limited have approved Boardriders’ proposed acquisition of Billabong.
Navajo Inc., a provider of eyewear with the Piranha brand, announced that the company has acquired Maxx HD Sunglasses, a Colorado-based national distributor of sports, motorsports and NCAA-licensed sunglasses.
Camping World has secured a third amendment to the company’s credit facility that reduces the company’s interest rate and increases the term loan facility by $250 million.
Accell North America announced the acquisition of Beeline Bikes, the mobile channel expansion solution that delivers a turn-key sales, service and data acquisition solution tailored for Independent Bicycle Dealers (IBDs).
Netshoes Ltd., the Latin America’s leading online retailer of sporting and lifestyle goods, reported a reduced loss in the fourth quarter as sales increased 1.9 percent.
PVH Corp. reported adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter rose 26.6 percent to $123.7 million, or $1.58 a share, from $97.7 million, or $1.23, a year ago.
According to Golf Datatech, golf rounds played slid 8.5 percent during February versus the year-ago month. The one region showing gains was the Pacific.
Gildan Activewear announced that the company’s board of directors has nominated Maryse Bertrand, Marc Caira, Charles M. Herington and Craig Leavitt as director nominees to be voted on by the company’s shareholders at its upcoming annual meeting.
Carbon38, the women’s activewear line that counts Foot Locker as an investor, will open the company’s first permanent flagship store in Los Angeles in Palisades Village this September.
Jordan Brand signed Michael Thomas, star wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, as a brand ambassador.
Adidas announced a multiyear partnership with 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) American League Rookie of the Year, outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Judge had been with Under Armour.
New Era Cap Co., the official cap of MLB, launched “We Who Reign,” the largest MLB campaign in its 98-year history.
Concourse Team Express LLC, a privately held, multi-platform outdoor recreation and sporting goods retailer, announced a partnership with the U.S. Baseball Academy, a nationwide network of baseball training camps.
Sports Crate was the first line of subscription products made exclusively for baseball fans, and this expansion allows more fans to be a part of the Exclusive Licensed Subscription Box of Major League Baseball.
Spartan named Craft Sportswear the “official performance apparel and footwear” of the Spartan obstacle races.
Former Spy Optics CEO Seth Hamot passed away March 22 after an 18-month battle with lymphoma. Hamot was chairman of Spy’s board of directors and served as CEO from 2015 until late 2017.
Injinji, the maker of the Original Performance Toesock, announced the hiring and promotion of three new team members in the company’s sales, customer service and design departments.
Gazelle Bicycles has announced the addition of five independent sales organizations in the western U.S.
Korkers Products LLC, the maker of traction footwear, announced the hiring of three new sales agencies to bolster the company’s U.S. sale efforts.
HanesBrands, the parent of Champion, Hanes and Gear for Sports, reported significant achievements in water use, carbon dioxide emissions, energy use, renewable energy use and landfill diversion, and are on track to meet 2020 benchmarks.
Black Diamond, a brand of Clarus Corp., opened a strategic retail store in Anchorage, AK.
Smartwool opened the company’s first Canadian retail location in Banff, Alberta.
Nike again led Brand Finance’s annual listing of the world’s most valuable apparel brands, although the company has lost some value since last year. Rounding out the top ten were H&M, Zara, Adidas, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci, Uniqlo and Rolex.