Oros has finalized its move into the brand’s new Portland-based headquarters since relocating from Cincinnati. Along with the move, Jeff Nash, formerly at North Face, has been appointed to head up product innovation as chief technology officer and VP of product.
Nash has 20 years of experience in technical material innovation with brands including The North Face and Black Diamond Equipment.
“To bring our vision to life, we needed to hire someone who could lead Oros’ technology initiative and help create future generations of our NASA-inspired tech,” said Michael Markesbery, co-founder and CEO of Oros. “Having previously run The North Face’s Innovation and Materials teams, Jeff is a perfect fit for the role.”
Other recent appointments include Alistair Hather, who joined Oros as design director in February to represent Oros’ first Portland-based hire. Hather comes to Oros with over ten years of design experience from technical outdoyor apparel to athlete-driven performance sportswear, most recently as senior designer with the Futures team at Adidas. Hather reports directly to Nash within the product team.
“Al brings a great combination of pure creative talent, consumer insights, functional design, and technology integration to Oros product creation efforts,” says Nash. “His past experiences solving complex design challenges with athletes and advanced technologies complements our efforts to continually elevate our product performance and aesthetic.”
Lastly, Oros appointed Jessie Busse as product developer to manage the evolving apparel collection for Fall 2020 and beyond. Busse comes from Columbia Sportswear and brings a special knowledge of technical design and maker capability to the Oros team. Busse reports directly to Nash in this newly added role.