Nathan Dopp has been appointed to lead Fjällräven and Hanwag in North America, after the departure of John Walbrecht last month to become president of Mountain Hardwear at the Columbia Sportswear group. Dopp already contributed to the rapid expansion of the Swedish outdoor brand in the U.S. market, as he has worked alongside Walbrecht as vice president of sales and marketing for Fjällräven in North America since 2012. Dopp formally took over as president and general manager, reporting directly to Martin Nordin, chief executive of the Fenix Outdoor International group, which owns Fjällräven and Hanwag along with several other outdoor brands and retail interests, from Globetrotter in Germany to Naturkompaniet in Sweden and Partioaitta in Finland. Dopp, who previously served as vice president of sales for Obermeyer, Spyder and Sunice, is to focus on strengthening the brand's infrastructure in North America and to optimize operations. The company said that more key hires would be made in the next weeks and months as the brand continues to grow. As previously reported, the Fenix Outdoor group's sales in North America soared by 52.2 percent to €41.4 million last year – and most of these sales have been built up in the last three years. In July Fjällräven North America moved to a new head office and distribution facility in Louisville, Colorado, nearly doubling its shipping capacity.