Topher Gaylord, a 15-year veteran of VF Corporation and most recently the groupfs president for international outdoor and action sports as well as managing director of The North Face for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and East Asia, is about to go back to the USA. Gaylord, who has been appointed president of Seven for All Mankind, one of VF's denim brands, will be replaced by Karl-Heinz Salzburger, VF's president for EMEA and Asia, on an interim basis.
Gaylord has worked for VF since 1993 and has held various positions in sales, marketing and business development for The North Face in America. In 2000, he moved to Europe to assume the position of the managing director of TNF EMEA. In 2006, he was promoted to his current position.
In Spain, The North Face has appointed Oscar Bel Amaya to be the new country manager. Effective Sept. 1, Bel Amaya replaced Pierre Lion, who accepted a new challenge outside the outdoor industry. Bel Amaya used to work for Nike Iberia before he joined Champion Iberia, where he served most recently as the marketing and commercial manager. He will report to TNF's sales director in charge of the EMEA region, Timo Schmidt-Eisenhart, and will supervise the sales representatives based in Spain as well as Beatriz Rizo, the local key accounts coordinator.
In Norway, Start Holding, owned by the Nilsen family, has bought a majority share in Outdoor, the distributor of The North Face, after seven months of negotiations. The Nilsen family was the former owner of the Sporthuset retail chain before it was bought by Gresvig. It is also a long-time acquaintance of Bjørn Arne Evensen, managing director at Outdoor. The new owners will bring capital to the company to continue its growth. Outdoor was set up four and a half years ago, and generated 75 million Norwegian kroner (€9.4m-$13.5m) in turnover in 2007 compared with NOK 25 million (€3.1m-$4.5m) in 2004.
In November, a new TNF store is going to open its doors in Zurich. The point of sale will be the second franchised single-brand store of the company in the country, after the one in Zermatt. It will have a surface of 250 square meters and will be operated by a local specialty outdoor retailer. Most recently, The North Face has joined the circle of brands that display their commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility by adopting the Bluesign standard.