Keeping Track: Spira Footwear, Ecco

Former New Balance Prez to Advise Spira

Spira Footwear, of El Paso, Texas, has hired Jim Tompkins in an advisory role to direct the development and expansion of its WaveSpring-inspired brand.
According to Spira CEO Andy Krafsur, Tompkins will oversee product design, development, sourcing and manufacturing. Most recently, Tompkins was president and COO of New Balance Athletic Shoe Co.
“We’re very excited to have Jim as part of our team,” said Krafsur in a company release. “He is one of the most well liked and respected executives in our industry and provides a unique combination of experience, leadership,
passion and integrity.”

New Management at Ecco

Comfort footwear brand Ecco announced a number of key changes within its management ranks on Thursday.
The Londonderry, N.H.-based company has promoted Dave Quel to the newly created position of COO. Quel will be responsible for day-to-day operations that are not a part of finance.
Martin Klitgaard joined the company as CFO, and former CFO Claus Ipsen assumed a role on the supervisory board and as advisor to the U.S.A. management board. Tom Nelson continues on as regional director Ecco Americas and president of Ecco USA, overseeing the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean markets.

“Dave and Tom are both proven leaders and assets to this company,” said Flemming O. Nielsen, EVP of sales and retail for Ecco. “Dave has been a committed Ecco team member for over a decade, and Tom’s vision will continue strengthening our brand throughout these tough economic times.”

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