Industry News 8/26/2008

VANS Taps Jim Watson as Director of Apparel Sales

VANS Taps Jim Watson as Director of Apparel Sales

Vans announced today the hiring of Jim Watson as Director, Apparel Sales.  Watson, who begins September 2, carries extensive sales experience and an understanding of the apparel industry making him an important addition as Vans continues drive its growth of the Men's, Girls’ and Boys’ Apparel categories through U.S. wholesale accounts.

Watson joins Vans from Orange County-based skate and surf brand, Split, where he served as National Sales Manager of Split Men's/Girls for the past three years.  Prior to Split, Watson worked as National Sales Manager with West and Reef.

“In order for us to continue to grow and compete effectively with other apparel brands, there is a need to have a singular focus on apparel within Vans,” said Jeff Moore, Vans’ Vice President of Sales.  “Jim’s experience and expertise will be a great addition to our growing sales and apparel teams.”