Xavier Le Guen has been appointed as Salomon's vice president of winter sports equipment, after the departure of François Fauroux, who is leaving the company to head up Aqua Lung International, the French group specializing in diving gear.
Le Guen was previously vice president of Salomon apparel. He was replaced in this function by Dan Trapp, global commercial director for Salomon apparel. Both Le Guen and Trapp are to take up their new jobs from the start of October. They will join the Salomon executive committee led by Jean-Marc Pambet, president of Salomon.
Le Guen previously worked at chemical and consumer goods companies in the U.S., France and Italy. He joined the Amer Sports Group in 2009 as supply chain director at Mavic, the cycling brand owned by the Finnish company, along with Salomon, Atomic, Wilson and many other sports and outdoor brands. He went on to become supply chain director for Salomon soft goods, then vice president of apparel operations. He has led Salomon's apparel category since the start of 2015. Pambet said in a statement that Le Guen has been instrumental in leading the turnaround of the apparel business unit.
Trapp has spent more than two decades in the outdoor and sports industry. Most of them were at Columbia Sportswear, where Trapp became country manager for the U.K. and Ireland and then apparel sales manager for Europe. He moved on to Hoka One One as sales manager for northern Europe at the beginning of 2015 and switched to Salomon about one year later as global commercial director for apparel.
Fauroux spent nearly two decades with the Amer Sports Group and he was appointed vice president in charge of winter sports equipment nearly five years ago. He will switch to Aqua Lung at the start of October as chief executive of Aqua Lung International, replacing Don Rockwell, who will become executive chairman. Fauroux will be based at the diving equipment group's head office in Carros, France.