Gregory Mountain Products announced a new management and sales team. At the top, Gregory hired John Simons as its new president and Jim BoisDEnghien as its new North American sales manager. Complementing those additions, Dion Goldsworthy, who has been with Gregory in a number of sales and marketing roles for 15 years, will continue in his role as vice president of international sales and marketing.
With its new president, Gregory has added big-picture business experience. Simons is an avid outdoor enthusiast who prior to Gregory was the president and CEO of Swift and Company, where for six years he oversaw an approximately $10 billion operation at one of the countrys most well-known food-industry corporations. In the eight years prior to that job, Simons worked in a variety of general management roles around the world for Cargill, Inc. Highlights at those posts include leading strategic planning and facilitating growth through a team-based approach. Simons holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and was member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic swim team, as well as a silver medalist at the 1979 Pan American Games. He brings the same team-based philosophy to his new post at Gregory Mountain Products.
In sales, BoisDEnghien (pronounced Boy-di-gan) comes to Gregory from his post as North American sales manager at Atlas Snowshoes, where he helped grow a small, startup company into one of the most recognized names in snowshoeing over his 10-year tenure. At Atlas, BoisDEnghien used a team-based strategy that was highly integrated with marketing and product development, simultaneously creating products and helping build the markets for them. That approach helped Atlas more than double its size over a decade. Prior to that, BoisDEnghien worked as brand manager and in product development and marketing at Canadian Recreation Products, a division of American Recreation Products, parent company to Kelty, Sierra Designs and other outdoor brands. At Gregory, BoisDEnghien also will bring a team-based approach to his role, working closely with key accounts, Gregorys sales reps, as well as the product development and marketing departments, helping align sales strategies with market growth opportunities.
Simons said BoisDEnghien is a perfect addition to the team chemistry at Gregory.
“With Jims extensive industry expertise in sales and overall brand management, along with coalescing the right teams in product development and marketing, Gregory is stepping up to the challenge of taking the brand to its full potential,” Simons said. “Were celebrating 30 years of Gregory Packs in 2007, and there are a lot of highlights in those three decades, but we also want to be sure were looking ahead and positioned to move things forward in the next 30 years. Were excited about being able to expand people's understanding of who Gregory has always been and where we are headed.”