Fiskars Outdoor – Americas, the parent of Gerber and Brunton, said Keith E. Paxton had joined their team as the Vice-President of Commercial Sales, effective March 2009. Paxton's responsibilities include leadership of the American Sales Team, market development strategy, expansion of the Gerber/Brunton business and continued customer relationship-building.

“We are extremely pleased to have Keith on our team,” Jason Landmark, President, Fiskars Outdoor – Americas. “He led his team to remarkable achievement in 2007 by delivering top line sales growth. We are confident that he will continue to drive both Gerber and Brunton’s marketplace momentum and provide strong leadership on our team.”

“I’m honored and excited about my new position as Vice President of Sales of Gerber and Brunton,” said Paxton. “With Gerber’s solid hold in the knife, tool and lighting categories, combined with Brunton’s expansion in the camping market, Gerber and Brunton are better positioned than ever to provide a broad line of high quality products to the outdoor market. I look forward to strong growth and expansion of the brand with my team.”

Paxton originally joined the Silva Team in September of 2006 as the Managing Director of Silva Ltd (UK), another subsidiary of Fiskars Outdoor Recreation Group. Prior to his Silva experience, Paxton held various sales leadership roles with Columbia Sportswear, K Swiss UK and Russell Corporation.

Brunton is well known for innovation in camping, renewable portable power, compasses and optics. Gerber Legendary Blades makes knives, tools, lights and accessories.