Ibex has hired Jeff Busic as vice president of sales and Chris Leyes as global production manager.

Both new hires were introduced to the Ibex sales force during the company's Fall 2011 sales meeting Nov. 5 in Woodstock, Vt. Busic and Ibex has increased its number of employees by 60% since the end of 2009.

Busic has an extensive background in the outdoor industry, where he began working in 1992 at an REI store. He later became a sales rep for Ibex (and six other brands) from 2000-2004 with Egan and Associates, LLC. Busic moved to Colorado to work in sales at Chaco and eventually became the director of sales for the company until Chaco was sold. Most recently, Busic worked for Osprey Packs in Cortez, Colo. as sales manager.

As Busic settles into his new role at Ibex, his initial focus will be to energize the domestic wholesale channel. Busic and his team will be responsible for growing sales through all channels � wholesale, direct and distributor � throughout the globe.  

An Indiana native, Chris Leyes most recently was the director of global operations at Cocona Inc. where his duties included supply chain management, developing and maintaining supplier relationships, inventory forecasting, and planning and production management.

In his new position at Ibex, Leyes' responsibilities include sourcing, planning and managing all factories and agencies, as well as overseeing and managing the production team in the procurement of raw materials, factory support and quality control.