Steve Barker and his wife, Nona, the founders of Eagle Creek, a specialty brand of travel bags and accessories, have decided to reduce their involvement in the company’s operations. After 34 years in office, Steve Barker has stepped down as president of Eagle Creek, though he will remain a consultant to support the new management in strategic projects. He will also remain on the board of the Conservation Alliance.
The new president of Eagle Creek, a company that belongs to VF Corporation, is Michael Millenacker, until now vice president of sales, who has been with the company since 2000.
He will be assisted by Candyce Johnson, who takes on the role of the vice president in charge of marketing and merchandising. Most recently, Johnson served as director of merchandising at REI, the big player in U.S. outdoor retailing.
The new head of international sales is Thomas Ryll, who has been involved in European sales of Eagle Creek since 1995.
The split of responsibilities is also due to the retirement of Ricky Schlesinger, who served as executive vice president for sales and marketing for three decades. He will stick with the company until the end of June. Nona Barker, co-founder, has decided to step down effective end of January. She was the mastermind behind Eagle Creek’s design and innovations. Barker wants to invest more time in her private passions, including her job as a volunteer firefighter.