The North Face Announces Leadership Updates

The North Face Announces Leadership Updates within Research & Design Department

San Leandro, CA— June 2, 2006— The North Face, the world's premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced changes to the Research & Design Department, resulting in cross category moves in Outerwear, Snowsports, Equipment and Sportswear.

"As the premier supplier of innovative outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, it's important that we consistently look to bring new energy and passion to our Design and Development teams," stated Steve Rendle, The North Face President, Americas. "Changes and cross category moves result in fresh thinking and provide our associates with opportunities to enhance their careers within our organization."

The North Face changes include the promotion of Neil Munro to Product Director, Outerwear; Matt Page to Product Director, Snowsports; and Sumi Reddy to Senior Product Manager for a new product team, Youth and Logowear.

Damien Huang, former Product Director, Outerwear, has left the company.

Munro, Page and Reddy will report to Jim Gerson, Vice President of RD&D.

About The North Face®
The North Face, a subsidiary of VF Corporation, was founded in 1966. Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains. Additional information about The North Face® can be found on the company's website,

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