Kathmandu Appoints Bill Chandler as Vice President of Sales and Marketing North America

Veteran industry professional will launch the iconic New Zealand brand to the outdoor specialty market this fall
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Kathmandu, the outdoor brand from New Zealand, today announced the appointment of Bill Chandler to the newly created position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kathmandu North America.

Bill Chandler

Bill Chandler

Kathmandu North America will be headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, alongside Obōz Footwear, which was recently acquired by Kathmandu. Bill Chandler will report to John Connelly, CEO of Obōz Footwear and President of Kathmandu North America.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to have Bill join our team in Bozeman and we look forward to introducing the Kathmandu brand to the US outdoor specialty market,” John Connelly said.

“I have known Bill for many years and have great respect for his many accomplishments and contributions to our industry. We share the same values and business philosophy for creating authentic brands, controlling distribution, growing sustainably and focusing on the best possible relationships with our retail customers.”

Most recently, Bill Chandler was the Director of North American Sales at Osprey, the Colorado-based pack brand. His extensive background encompasses managing seasonal and multi-channel sales programs, key accounts, strategic brand and retail-driven marketing campaigns, as well as leadership of internal and independent sales, marketing, product and operational teams. His prior experience includes Director of North American Sales for apparel brand Sherpa Adventure Gear and he was the founder and President of Nomad, Inc., an independent sales agency that served the Southeast United States with top outdoor brands.

“Kathmandu is a very exciting new challenge for me,” Mr Chandler said. “And it is also an incredible opportunity to bring the unique story and products of this very successful New Zealand brand to our market.”

Bill Chandler will start his new job on July 19th and Kathmandu North America will debut its line at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver, Colorado from November 8-11, 2018. He can be congratulated at bill.chandler@kathmanduoutdoor.com

About Kathmandu, Obōz and Kathmandu North America

With sales of approximately NZ$480 million (US$335 million) and a team of about 2,000 employees, Kathmandu is an iconic outdoor brand from New Zealand and a vertically integrated retailer specialized in clothing and equipment for adventure travel and the outdoors. Kathmandu puts a strong focus on sustainability. The company operates 165 stores across Australia and New Zealand with key product categories in insulation, rainwear, fleece, packs & bags and camping. Kathmandu acquired Obōz Footwear in April 2018 and Kathmandu North America was recently formed to offer the company’s products through the outdoor retail market in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.kathmanduoutdoor.com.

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