Kirk Richardson, who took the reins at Keen when ownership moved to Portland, OR, has been named general manager of footwear at Columbia Sportswear Company.
Richardson is credited with overseeing the launch of Keens sock business as well as Hybrid.Transport, a line of bags built with materials recycled from its footwear manufacturing.
The Oregon native, who is also a climber, runner and alpinist, will report to Mark Nenow, Columbias VP of Footwear. His appointment comes at a time of declining footwear sales at Columbia. Sales fell 10% in Q3, due partly to a delay in export orders, and were down 6% for the nine month YTD period.