Columbia Sportswear Co. announced the promotions of four senior leaders.
“I’m highly confident in the leadership abilities of these four teammates and in their commitment to continuing to drive sustainable, profitable growth through the company’s portfolio of brands for active people.”
Lisa Kulok, who joined the company in February 2008 and has served as vice president of global marketplace planning and Customer Operations since October 2009, is promoted to senior vice president of global supply chain operations. In this role, she will be responsible for the company’s global inventory planning, transportation logistics, distribution and account operations.
Steve Woodside, who joined the company in August 2014 as vice president of global manufacturing, is promoted to senior vice president of global sourcing and manufacturing. He will continue to be responsible for the company’s global apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment sourcing and contract manufacturing operations.
Kulok and Woodside will both report to Columbia Sportswear Company President Bryan Timm.
Joe Boyle, who joined the company in 2005, is promoted to senior vice president of Columbia brand merchandising and design, where he will continue to be responsible for leading the creation of Columbia brand apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment, reporting directly to his father and Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle.
Jim Swanson, who joined the company in 2003 and has served as director of finance since 2009, is promoted to vice president of finance with continued responsibility over the company’s strategic planning and financial planning & analysis functions, reporting to Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer Tom Cusick.
Columbia Sportswear Company CEO Tim Boyle, commented, “Each of these leaders has proven their ability to drive change necessary to support rapid global growth and the increasing complexity of our business.
“Lisa and her team have been instrumental in driving improved profitability through enhanced inventory planning and utilization, achieving timely delivery and consistently providing outstanding customer service during a rapid growth cycle. In addition to her global supply chain responsibilities, Lisa has played a critical leadership role in the company’s successful ERP implementations in North America and will continue to do so as we extend our implementations across our remaining global businesses.
“Steve and his team build and maintain strong relationships with our contract manufacturing partners in nearly 20 countries. Those relationships are critical in our ability to secure manufacturing capacity to support our growth plans. In the short time that Steve has been with Columbia, he has also introduced best-practices and created opportunities to realize future operating efficiencies.
“Joe has a long history of driving the Columbia brand’s success, leveraging his deep understanding of the brand and the unique needs of its core consumers to develop innovative products across all product categories.
“Jim has played a critical role in elevating our strategic planning processes while building a financial planning and analysis organization that is enabling us to make informed strategic decisions in allocating resources toward our most promising growth opportunities.”
Boyle concluded, “I’m highly confident in the leadership abilities of these four teammates and in their commitment to continuing to drive sustainable, profitable growth through the company’s portfolio of brands for active people.”
In addition to the Columbia brand, Columbia Sportswear Company also owns the Mountain Hardwear, Sorel, prAna, Montrail and OutDry brands.