Columbia Names New Footwear VP

NEW YORK — Columbia Sportswear Co. yesterday appointed new leadership in its footwear and apparel categories.

The Portland, Ore.-based outdoor company named Tim Bartels as VP of global footwear sales. Bartels joins Columbia from Keen, where he served as VP of global sales. In his new role, he will oversee sales of the Columbia, Sorel and Montrail brands.

Columbia also promoted Mitch Fields to VP of global apparel sales, from national sales manager of men’s apparel. He will handle sales of men’s, women’s and youth apparel.

Both men will report to Mick McCormick, VP of global sales.

“We are very pleased to welcome Tim Bartels to Columbia Sportswear and to recognize the contributions Mitch Fields has made to the company with this promotion,” Tim Boyle, president and CEO, said in a statement. “These two executives will play a key role in driving multibrand sales of our industry-leading outdoor apparel and footwear products.”