Outdoor gear retailer Kathmandu today announced its appointment of Ben Ryan as general manager – product following the resignation of the incumbent Michelle Adams. This follows earlier news that Kiwi Property’s general manager development, Christopher Hermann, is leaving his position.rn
Ryan has over 20 years of experience in the outdoor and action sports industry, and joined Kathmandu in May last year as group product manager. This followed several years spent in consultancy, during which he worked with Salomon Asia-Pacific. He has also worked extensively with VF Corporation while based in Hong Kong.
Kathmandu chief executive Xavier Simonet connected Ryan’s move to the company’s increasingly global outlook: “In his new role, Ben Ryan is going to be a key asset for Kathmandu as we aspire to become a more global brand and step by step tackle the international opportunity. Our business and our brand are first and foremost about designing and creating great products and Ben’s appointment will strengthen our focus on this area.”
In the company’s announcement to the NZX, Simonet acknowledged Adams’ contribution to the success of Kathmandu and wished her every success in the future. Kathmandu shares are currently trading at $1.53.
As of last week, Kiwi Property has announced its general manager development, Christopher Hermann, will be leaving his position to return to Australia. This will be effective from April 29.
Chief executive Chris Gudgeon says: “We thank Chris for his positive contribution to the business and appreciate his family reasons for wishing to return to Melbourne at this time.”
An executive recruitment process is underway for a replacement for Hermann.
Kiwi Property owns six shopping centres around New Zealand, including mega mall Sylvia Park. In May last year the company reported total retail sales across all centres of $1.29 billion, and its retail portfolio was valued at $1.53 billion.