VF Corp. announced the appointment of Markus Hamm as vice president and general manager, Kipling EMEA, effective April 1. He will be based in Antwerp, Belgium where the brand’s marketing and sales operations are based and will report to Vera Breuer, global president, Kipling.

“The Kipling team is excited to welcome Markus onboard,” said Breuer. “With many years of market experience and a successful track record across sales, marketing and digital, combined with excellent leadership skills, he is the perfect fit to lead our brand growth in the region.”

After joining VF in 2004, Hamm held various key sales positions for Jansport and Eastpak, including sales director, DTC & strategic accounts director and most recently taking over wholesale, strategic accounts, sales operations and digital for the Eastpak brand.

“I am thrilled to start this new chapter of my career at VF joining the Kipling EMEA organization,” said Hamm. “I see great opportunities to expand Kipling’s brand growth in the region, in alignment with the brand’s creative vision of ‘Live.Light.’”

Hamm will be responsible for leading the Kipling EMEA organization, maximizing business and financial objectives and overseeing the general execution for all functions.

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