Harte is an outdoor industry executive and entrepreneur who has worked for brands such as Salomon, Patagonia and The North Face. He has successfully taken a company from concept to acquisition. He most recently held the position of VP, Licensing and Innovation at Nathan Sports Inc. which focuses on the specialty run market. Prior to that, Harte launched his own venture, Waterbox, a lifestyle water bottle company, which he sold four years later.

“Canice has a strong skillset in business development, brand building, product design, development, and sales and marketing,” said Rick Cook, president of AKU Outdoor. “His proven ability to build strong, cohesive teams and serve as an engaging leader makes him the perfect candidate for this job.”

“The opportunity to be part of the age-old prestigious tradition of Italian workmanship is a dream come true for me,” said Harte. “I am looking forward to building a world-class team in the U.S. We have the full support of the global brand in Italy, and we’re excited to share our love and passion for incredibly comfortable and durable footwear with the U.S. market.”