Imperial Headwear Hires Doug Kelly as new CEO

Imperial Headwear announced today that Doug Kelly has joined the company as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Aurora, CO (November 1, 2010) - Imperial Headwear announced today that Doug Kelly has joined the company as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Kelly joins Imperial after most recently serving as President of Russell Athletic Group. During his tenure at Russell, which markets the brands of Russell, Spalding, Bike Athletic, Dudley, Huffy and AAI, Mr. Kelly was responsible for the company’s broad distribution base of sports specialty stores, collegiate bookstores, department stores and team dealers. In addition, Mr. Kelly directed the company’s strategic planning, marketing, merchandising, sales and operations departments.

“I look forward to leading the management of Imperial into their next phase of market growth. Not many executives have the opportunity to work with a brand with the heritage and market share of Imperial balanced by the youthful, energetic appeal of Merge Left. I am eager to get started," commented Mr. Kelly.

After starting his career at Converse, Mr. Kelly served in roles of increasing responsibility including Executive Vice President and COO of Curly-Bates (exclusive marketer and distributor of Mizuno and Easton brands), President and Chief Executive Officer of Easton Sports, Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer of Pro Player Sports Apparel. Revenue growth has been a hallmark of Mr. Kelly’s experience as illustrated by the expansion he led for Easton from $17 million to more than $100 million in eight years and the increase, while at Pro Player, to 10,000 retail accounts and $250 million in revenue. During his career, Mr. Kelly also has developed strong relationships with many of the licensing partners that Imperial currently works with as well as numerous others.

“Doug’s experience serving as a growth oriented corporate leader is vast. He brings Imperial a great deal of knowledge in the sporting goods industry and licensing marketplace. He has demonstrated the ability to grow a company’s market share and profitability, regardless of economic cycle. With a keen appreciation for Imperial’s heritage in the golf industry and, with that as our continued foundation, Doug has exciting perspective on how to introduce our portfolio of brands to many new distribution channels,” explained S. Garrett Stonehouse, Chairman of Imperial Headwear.

About Imperial Headwear

Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer and marketer of premium quality, active lifestyle headwear for the golf, tennis, corporate, outdoor, resort, collegiate, military and select private label markets. Renowned for its superior customer service and artwork customization capabilities, Imperial offers its clients best quality products using the most innovative digital design, logo and embroidery technologies. Imperial products feature the Imperial, Merge Left and Watership by Imperial brand names. For more information about Imperial Headwear, visit or call (800) 950-1916.


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