WOOLRICH, Pa., January 27, 2010 — Woolrich, the Original Outdoor Clothing Company®, announces the hiring of Brian Mangione in the newly created position of Executive Vice President. Mangione will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Woolrich branded apparel and accessories and will report directly to Woolrich President Jim Griggs.
“Brian compliments the team we’ve been assembling over the past several months,” said Griggs. “Woolrich is experiencing a resurgence and Brian will be integral in keeping Woolrich relevant in the market as we enter into our 180th year of operation.”
Mangione will be responsible for overseeing merchandising, design, wholesale apparel, corporate marketing, direct retail, licensing, product development, and sourcing. Reporting to Mangione will be Rick Insley, Sr. Vice President Merchandising, Licensing & Retail Stores, Jerry Rinder Vice President Wholesage Apparel & Corporate Marketing, Gary Gifford, Director Product Development and Sourcing, and the catalog and Internet team.
Mangione comes to Woolrich with a diverse background and experience as a leader in wholesale, direct retail, marketing, sales, product development and sourcing. He most recently was the Vice President Sales, Marketing and Product Development of 180’s. Mangione’s additional experience includes executive leadership roles at Broder Brothers, New Balance and as the President of Lilian Vernon’s business to business division. He has held executive positions at Fila USA and Adidas.
“I’m thrilled to be joining a company with such a long legacy and a brand that resonates so strongly with its customers,” said Mangione.
Mangione and his wife Justine will be relocating to the Woolrich area.
Woolrich Inc., the Original Outdoor Clothing Company, is an authentic American brand that embraces an outdoor lifestyle. Trusted since 1830 by generations of loyal consumers, Woolrich continues its tradition of providing quality products for today’s outdoor enthusiast. A brand recognized worldwide, Woolrich product offerings include functional, comfortable and durable men’s and women’s sportswear and outerwear using innovative fabrications for the ultimate in performance capabilities, well-designed home and outdoor living products, and licensed accessory products. In 2010, Woolrich celebrates its 180th Anniversary. It is the original and longest continuously-operating outdoor apparel manufacturer and woolen mill in the United States. Find out more at www.woolrich.com.