Nikwax North America Taps Rick Meade as New President


Seattle, Wash. (July 24, 2014) – Nikwax, the world’s leading outdoor aftercare company, has proudly named Rick Meade as the company’s new North American President, effective immediately. Meade will provide strategic leadership and tactical management for the North American arm of the UK-based company.

Meade joins Nikwax after a 15-year career with Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) where he was a recognized leader in setting successful growth strategies with leading brand partners. Most recently, he served as Director of Merchandising Management leading teams in REI’s iconic Camping and Climb, and later Snowsports and Watersports businesses. As a seasoned merchant, Rick is well versed in delivering meaningful innovation to enhance the Outdoor experience of an evolving customer base. Rick has a long-standing passion for the outdoors and is an advocate for increasing and enhancing youth participation in Outdoor activities and has volunteered with Camp Fire, Boy Scouts, Washington Trails Association (WTA), Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) and the SIA's Backcountry Committee.

 Rick Meade

Rick Meade

Owner and Managing Director of Nikwax, Nick Brown, stated, “We are delighted to have Rick Meade join as president of Nikwax North America. Nikwax is growing the core business and expanding its capacity to contribute to the outdoor manufacturing sector. For example, Nikwax is continuing to develop the technology to produce water-repellent and resistant materials without PFC content, like Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (taken up by RAB and Cascade Designs). We foresee Rick’s comprehensive knowledge of outdoor brands and products, strong leadership skills, and ability to drive things forward to be a huge asset as we develop these new markets and opportunities.”

Meade reflected, “Nikwax is well positioned to provide solutions for an evolving market and consumer with clean chemistry and sustainable practices that empower the consumer to extend the performance of quality apparel and footwear.”

“I am pleased to join a strong team that will deliver reliable support to our specialty retail base, grow brand awareness with the outdoor sports participant, and continue to deliver innovation in our areas of core competence,” he added.

About Nikwax®:

Nikwax® was founded in 1977 by Nick Brown, a keen mountain walker and traveler, who designed his own product, a waterproofing wax, to keep his leather mountain boots dry.

Subsequently Nikwax has become the global leader in environmentally safe aftercare and waterproofing solutions that extend the life and performance of technical footwear, clothing and equipment. Nikwax care products are distributed to 50 countries. Nikwax is the only major aftercare company to have never used aerosols or fluorocarbons. Nikwax products are all fluorochemical-free, use advanced elastomer technology, are not tested on animals, and are non persistent in the environment. Nikwax has received numerous awards including the prestigious Queen’s Award (4x), Sunday Times Best Green Award (3x), and the Green Apple Award, and is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified.

The recent global awareness of serious environmental problems with PFC based products has stimulated Nikwax to refocus on the development of a “PFC Treatment Free” industrial standard for Outdoor brands, and to promote the concept of waterproof directionality internationally.


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