AMER WINTER & OUTDOOR AMERICAS APPOINTS MATT KAPLAN AS VICE PRESIDENT AND BUSINESS DIRECTOR OF SUUNTO NORTH AMERICA
Kaplan to lead Suunto North America’s transition to Ogden, Utah and oversee all aspects of business in the United States and Canada including sales, distribution, marketing and customer service
OGDEN, UT—March 9, 2007—Amer Winter & Outdoor Americas—a business unit of Amer Sports Corporation that manages Salomon, Atomic and Suunto in the United States—has named Matt Kaplan as Vice President and Business Director of Suunto North America. Stepping up from his current position as National Sales Director for Suunto North America, Kaplan brings 12 years of outdoor and action sports experience to his new role. Beginning April 1, Kaplan will take charge of strategic decisions and operations including the company’s relocation and transition from Carlsbad, California to Ogden, Utah. Mike Dowse, who led Suunto North America until recently, will focus on his new position as President and General Manager of Amer Winter & Outdoor Americas.
“Matt Kaplan is ideally suited to lead Suunto North America through its transition and continued growth,” explains Dowse. “He knows the Suunto brand and its products intimately, and he’s a proven relationship-builder with great rapport among accounts and colleagues alike.”
Beginning August 2007, Suunto North America will operate from the Amer Winter & Outdoor Americas complex in Ogden, sharing its headquarters with fellow Amer Sports brands Salomon and Atomic. Amer Winter & Outdoor Americas was founded in August 2006 to provide a shared infrastructure for Amer’s US-based winter and outdoor businesses. Ogden is located on the west side of the Wasatch Mountains, 40 miles north of Salt Lake City International Airport. The city boasts a vibrant historic district and quick access to world-class skiing.
“These are exciting times for Suunto, and I’m ready to lead the transition and build a successful team that will take sales and brand awareness to the next level in North America,” says Kaplan. “Suunto products are favored by the world’s leading mountaineers, divers and endurance trainers, and it’s a true honor to be working with such a coveted brand.”
In the coming months, Kaplan will build a new team and oversee Suunto North America’s transition from Carlsbad to Ogden. His North American duties will also include strategic decisions and operations, profit and loss responsibility, and oversight of the company’s national sales force, marketing, distribution and customer service.
Founded in 1936, Suunto is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports instruments for diving, mountaineering, training, hiking, skiing, sailing and golf. Prized for their design, accuracy and dependability, Suunto sports instruments combine the aesthetics and functionality of watches with sport-specific computers that help athletes at all levels analyze and improve their performance. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto employs more than 500 people worldwide and distributes its products to nearly 60 countries. The company’s website can be viewed at www.suunto.com.
About Amer Sports:
Founded in 1950, Amer Sports Corporation is the world’s leading sports equipment company with internationally recognized brands including Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Precor, Salomon and Mavic. Employing more than 6,600 people worldwide, Amer Sports companies develop and manufacture technically advanced products that improve the performance of active sports participants. The Group’s business is balanced by a broad portfolio of sports with a presence in all major markets.