When Rich Hill arrived at Patagonia over six years ago to take over as director of sales for retail and wholesale, sales were hovering around $170 million. Now, with sales much higher than that, it's a good time to say good-bye Hill told SNEWSÂ® (We calculate thatÂ current Patagonia salesÂ are at orÂ near $260 million). Hill's last day at Patagonia was March 3.
"It is my time. The truth is, I came here to be part of a management team to run the company, and that model has changed which is really OK," said Hill. "I came to Patagonia to do a job and I have done that and the company is in a great space, so if I was going to move on, now is absolutely the best time. Patagonia truly is the best place to come to work that I have ever been at, but now I need to take the opportunity to go find out what else is out there."
Casey Sheahan, president of Patagonia, told us, "Rich's achievements are remarkable. His ability to communicate with customers and our staff, and his proactive approach to solving problems and taking care of customers -- it's no wonder he is so well liked. To lose that industry history and such an integral part of the senior management team is a hit, but to Rich's credit, he built a very solid bench."
Sheahan is turning immediately to that bench, promoting Robert Cohen to the position of director of retail, overseeing all site selection, build-out and retail strategy for Patagonia. He has also promoted John Collins to director of wholesale for Patagonia's U.S.-based sales.
In other key organizational changes, Rob BonDurant has been promoted to vice president of marketing. Rick Ridgeway is vice president of communications and environmental initiatives.
"Patagonia is in a very strong position right now and we are fine-tuning the org chart. Losing Rich is a blow, but we will carry on and this gives opportunities to a strong group of managers to step up," Sheahan told SNEWSÂ®.