Wolverine World Wide Inc.-owned brand Saucony has appointed Thomas Hartge to SVP of global footwear, effective immediately. Hartge succeeds Pat O’Malley, who was recently appointed president of Saucony.
Hartge most recently served as EVP of global footwear at Quiksilver Inc. but previously spent 28 years at Nike Inc. in a variety of senior product and global management roles, including global brand director for Nike Running and creative director of advanced initiatives.
“Tom personifies Saucony’s relentless commitment to elevate the running experience through performance innovation. As the brand continues to outpace market growth, it’s critical that we have someone who embraces this philosophy; ultimately, it’s at the heart of everything we do,” O’Malley said in a release issued Tuesday. “Tom’s proven track record of success, industry credibility and passion for product innovation position him perfectly to accelerate our growth in the competitive global running market. His leadership and passion for running are great cultural fits for us, and we look forward to the positive impact he will bring to our brand and team as we continue to inspire runners everywhere.”
In his new role, Hartge, who will report directly to O’Malley, will be responsible for creating and executing Saucony’s global brand footwear creation and marketing strategy, including design, development and product engineering.
“I’m excited to be part of the Saucony team for so many reasons, most of all to work with a group of passionate people who love nothing more than empowering runners with extraordinary product,” Hartge said in the same release. “The brand has created a very strong culture of innovation based on one important question: ‘What is better for the runner?’ I look forward to working with the team to answer that question every day, not only to contribute to the brand’s continued success but to deliver the most inspired running experience possible.”