The Clymb Announces Microsoft’s J Allard as Board Member

Retail Innovation Group’s The Clymb, a private sale network site featuring premium outdoor gear and performance brands, is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. J Allard to its Board of Directors.

Portland, Ore. (April 14, 2010) – Retail Innovation Group’s The Clymb, a private sale network site featuring premium outdoor gear and performance brands, is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. J Allard to its Board of Directors. J Allard is a Senior Vice President at Microsoft Corporation, where he serves as Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Entertainment and Devices Division, with responsibility for the technical architecture and user experiences related to products and services of the division.

“J’s background, experience and enthusiasm are unmatched,” stated Cec Annett, President of The Clymb. “We are honored he has agreed to join our team and confident that his incredible vision for technology and passion for the outdoor industry will help shape the future of The Clymb brand.”

Allard is known for his ability to take a fresh look at business problems and opportunities, as demonstrated by his management of the technical development of the Xbox video game console and Zune media player. Allard helped shape the company’s Internet strategy, has generated more than 30 products at Microsoft, and was founding member of the Xbox, Windows NT, and TCP/IP product families.

Allard’s technical vision, ability to push for innovation, and accomplishments are widely recognized in the industry. He has been named to lists of leaders and notable figures including The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 35 Entertainment Execs Under 35” and Details’ list of “The Most Powerful Men Under 38,” and he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program. He is also a co-founder of Project 529, a professional mountain biking team.

“I appreciate and share The Clymb's authentic passion for adventure sports, technology and the value of community,” noted Allard. “I look forward to being part of their refreshing approach to retail and industry partnerships as we establish new ways for enthusiasts to shop and connect online.”


Retail Innovation Group was founded in 2009 by Cec Annett, a former Vice President of adidas North America and a group of private investors. Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Retail Innovation Group is a privately held company focused on innovating product distribution for the benefit of its private member base while protecting the integrity of its valued partner brands.

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