Officers and Directors

Chairman of the Board
Columbia Sportswear Company

Gert Boyle is the Chairman of the Board for Columbia Sportswear, the international outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment manufacturer. At age 13, Gert Boyle and her family fled Nazi Germany and moved to Portland, Oregon. Her parents, Paul and Marie Lamfrom, founded what was then called Columbia Hat Company in 1938. After attending the University of Arizona she and her husband, Neal Boyle, returned to Oregon and joined the family business.

After the death of her father, Neal became president. Six years later at the age of 47 he died of a heart attack. Gert found herself at the helm of a financially struggling company. Her son Tim, while still in college, helped run the business. After a year they were advised by a banker to sell Columbia, but they were only offered $1,400 and wisely declined.

Hard work and a helpful staff of employees made Columbia a leading global seller of outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment with annual sales of more than $1 billion. Gert Boyle has become an industry icon and she is a well respected leader in Portland and around the world. Her autobiography, One Tough Mother, was published in 2005. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Sporting Goods Association Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Global Business Hall of Fame and the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. She has won many other awards including:

  • The SBA Outstanding Business Person Award for Oregon (1977)
  • The Oregon Chapter of Women’s Forum Woman of the Year Award (1987)
  • A Top 50 Woman Business Owner by Working Woman Magazine (1993-96)
  • Oregon Entrepreneur of the Year, Oregon Enterprise Forum (1994)
  • The Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement (1998)
  • Awarded the Jimmy Huega “Can Do” Award (2003)
  • Member, Oregon Commemorative Coin Commission (2004)
  • Granted Portland, OR’s prestigious First Citizen Award (2005)
  • Women of Distinction Award, Marylhurst University (2008)
  • Small Business Association Impact Award (2009)
  • Outstanding Mother Award, National Mother’s Day Committee (2009)
  • Women of Achievement Award, Oregon Commission for Women (2009)
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Columbia Sportswear Company

Tim Boyle has served as chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear Company since 1988 and reassumed the role of President in 2017, which he had previously held until 2015. Mr. Boyle oversees operations of the active outdoor company from its Portland, Oregon headquarters.

Tim's career with Columbia Sportswear began in 1971 when, during his senior year at The University of Oregon, his father, who had been running the company since 1964, died suddenly of a heart attack. Tim's mother, Gert Boyle, quickly enlisted Tim's help in order to continue the aggressive expansion that her husband had initiated and that had expanded the company's sales that year to $1 million.

An alumnus of Portland, Oregon's Jesuit High School (1967) and the University of Oregon (1971, B.S. Journalism), Tim serves on the Boards of Directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company and Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

Peter J. Bragdon joined Columbia Sportswear in 1999 as Senior Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property. He became Vice President and General Counsel, Secretary of Columbia in July 2004, was named Senior Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary in January 2010, and Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary in February 2015. Mr. Bragdon served as Chief of Staff in the Oregon Governor’s office from January 2003 through June 2004. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Bragdon was an attorney in the corporate securities and finance group at Stoel Rives LLP. Mr. Bragdon served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice for seven months in 1996. Mr. Bragdon was previously appointed by the Governor of Oregon as a commissioner for the Port of Portland.

Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Thomas B. Cusick joined Columbia in September 2002 as Corporate Controller and was named Vice President and Corporate Controller in March 2006. He was promoted to Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in January 2009, was named Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in January 2010, Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in February 2015, and reassumed the added role of Treasurer in March 2016. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Cusick held various financial management positions with Cadence Design Systems (and OrCAD, a company acquired by Cadence in 1999), which operates in the electronic design automation industry. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Cusick was an accountant with KPMG LLP. Tom is a member of the Board of Directors at Barrett Business Services, Inc. He is a certified public accountant.

Vice President, Tax & Treasury

Erik S. Amos joined Columbia Sportswear Company in November 1998 as the head of Columbia's corporate tax division and has held various financial management positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure. In 2016 he was promoted to Vice President of Tax & Treasury overseeing Columbia’s Tax, Treasury, Credit and Risk functions. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Amos was with Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is a certified public accountant.

Vice President, Columbia Brand Design and Innovation

Michael W. (“Woody”) Blackford joined Columbia in September 2005 as a Senior Apparel Designer and was promoted to Design Director of Men's Apparel & Equipment in May 2006. In February 2008 he was promoted to Director of Global Innovation and named Vice President of Global Innovation in August 2010. In August 2013, he was promoted to Vice President of Global Apparel Innovation and Design, and in March 2015 to Vice President Design and Innovation – Columbia Brand. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Blackford held various positions in design, brand management and sourcing at Sierra Designs.

Senior Vice President, Columbia Brand Merchandising & Design

Joe Boyle joined Columbia in 2005 and has served in a variety of capacities of increasing leadership and responsibility, including brand management, sales, planning, GMM of Outerwear, Accessories, Equipment, Collegiate and Licensing, Vice President of Apparel Merchandising, and was named Senior Vice President of Columbia Brand Merchandising & Design in May 2015. Between 2003 and 2005, Mr. Boyle served in a business development role for Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects, developing and securing golf course design services in the United States and around the world. Mr. Boyle is a fourth-generation member of the company’s founding Boyle family, the son of Columbia CEO Timothy P. Boyle, the grandson of Columbia Chairman Gert Boyle, and nephew of Columbia Director Sarah A. Bany.

Vice President, Apparel Sales - United States

Joseph R. Craig joined Columbia Sportswear in 2009 as Men’s Apparel Sales Manager, has held various management positions at Columbia, and became Vice President of US Apparel Sales in July 2013. Prior to joining Columbia in 2009, Mr. Craig had represented the brand in 9 states as an independent sales representative and co-owner of CW Outdoors since 1995. Earlier in his career, Mr. Craig was an independent sales representative for various brands in the outdoor industry including Rocky Boots, Eureka, Old Town, Slumberjack, Grandoe, Skyr and Duofold.

Senior Vice President, General Manager - EMEA Region

Mr. Fogliato joined Columbia in November 2013 as Senior Vice President of Europe and was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Manager, EMEA region in 2016. Prior to joining Columbia, he served as general manager of Europe for the Billabong Group (BBG.AX) and as a member of company’s executive board, leading regional strategies behind the company’s portfolio of 8 brands. From 1997 through 2003, Mr. Fogliato held various European leadership roles with The North Face® brand, culminating as general manager of Western Europe.

Vice President, E-Commerce

Patricia E. Higgins joined Columbia in September 2012 as Vice President of E-Commerce. Prior to joining Columbia, Ms. Higgins served as Senior Vice President, E-Commerce at TOMS Shoes, Inc. and in various leadership roles in E-Commerce, retail and customer service operations at Guess?, Inc., Hot Topic, Inc., and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Michael Hirt joined Columbia Sportswear Company in 2016 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Immediately prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Hirt had served as Vice President of Information Technology at Oakley, a subsidiary of Luxottica, SpA, from 2006 through 2015. Previously, he held information technology leadership positions at Visa USA and Yakima Products, and was an IT consultant with Bearing Point, Inc. and Arthur Andersen.

Senior Vice President, Sales - North America

Russell B. Hopcus joined Columbia Sportswear Company in July 2013 as Senior Vice President of North America Sales. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Hopcus held various executive positions within the apparel and footwear industry. Mr. Hopcus was the Vice President for Global Sales and Market Development for KEEN Footwear from 2010 to 2013. From 2008 to 2010, he was the North America President for Icebreaker Nature Clothing. Mr. Hopcus joined adidas America, Inc. in 2002 where he rose to Senior Vice President of US Sales. From 1991 to 2001, Mr. Hopcus held various sales management positions with NIKE, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, prAna brand

Scott W. Kerslake joined Columbia as President and Chief Executive Officer of the prAna brand following its acquisition by the Company in May 2014, having served in that role since 2009 under the brand’s prior ownership. He was named Interim President of the Mountain Hardwear brand in July 2015. Prior to prAna, he founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Athleta, Inc. from 1997 to 2004, and served as President of Miraval Spa & Resort from 2004 to 2006.

Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations

Lisa Kulok joined Columbia in February 2008 as Senior Director of Global Planning and was named Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations in May 2015. From 1987 to 2007, Ms. Kulok held various leadership positions at NIKE, Inc., including USA Apparel Marketplace Planning Director and Director of Regional Planning. During this time, she led numerous teams that developed and implemented planning and supply chain processes, systems and organizations that supported growth of the company's annual revenues from $1 billion to $18 billion.

Senior Vice President, North America Direct-to-Consumer

David Lawner was appointed Senior Vice President of North America Direct-to-Consumer in March 2017, after joining the company in October 2016 in an interim role. From 2011 until March 2016, Lawner served as President, Retail and ecommerce for the Nautica brand where he led all aspects of its U.S. direct-to-consumer business, comprising 87 factory outlet stores and ecommerce. Over the preceding 20 years, he built successful retail platforms at Ann Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Carter’s, Bob’s Stores, Children’s Place, and GAP.

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Richelle T. Luther was appointed senior vice president & chief human resource officer in September 2015. She joined Columbia Sportswear Company in June 2008 as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to Columbia Sportswear Company, she served as corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Northwest Natural Gas (Nasdaq:NWN) from 2002 to 2008, and was an attorney at the Portland, Oregon law offices of Stoel Rives LLP from 1997 to 2002.

Vice President, Chief Business Development Officer, General Manager - LAAP Distributors

Douglas H. Morse joined Columbia Sportswear in 1995 and has served in numerous roles of increasing responsibility during his tenure, including Director of U.S. Customer Operations, Director of Footwear Operations, General Manager of our Canadian subsidiary, and Interim General Manager of our Europe-direct business. He was promoted to Chief Business Development Officer in 2014 and added the responsibilities of Vice President and General Manager of LAAP Distributors in 2016.

Abel Navarrete
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility

Abel C. Navarrete was appointed Vice President of Corporate Responsibility in January 2017. He joined Columbia Sportswear Company in September 2001 as Manager of International Manufacturing Compliance, was promoted to Director of Corporate Responsibility in 2006, relocated to Hong Kong in 2010 to serve as Director of Corporate Responsibility and Product Compliance, and returned to the company’s Portland, OR headquarters in 2015 as Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, Product Compliance and Corporate Relations. Prior to Columbia Sportswear Company, he worked for STR Holdings (now Underwriters Laboratories) where he conducted factory compliance evaluations for Disney, Gap, Guess, Quicksilver, Kmart, and Warnaco in more than 35 countries.

President, SOREL Brand

Mark J. Nenow joined Columbia in May 2007 as Vice President of Global Footwear Merchandising and was named President of the Sorel Brand in March 2015. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Nenow served as Vice President of Global Footwear Merchandising at Brooks Sports. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Nenow worked for NIKE, Inc., where he held various product line management positions in the running and outdoor categories. Prior to his footwear career, Mr. Nenow was a professional track and field athlete and held the American track record for the 10,000 meters from 1986 to 2003.

Peter Rauch
Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Peter M. Rauch was appointed Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer in August 2016. He joined Columbia Sportswear Company in January 2008 as Retail Accounting Manager, was promoted to Director of Retail Accounting in April 2010, Senior Financial Controller, EMEA in June 2011 and Chief Financial Officer, China in July 2013. Prior to Columbia Sportswear Company, he served as Senior Manager Accounting & Reporting for Webtrends from 2006 to 2007 and was an accountant with Deloitte from 1999 to 2006. He is a certified public accountant.

Stuart Redsun
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Stuart Redsun joined Columbia Sportswear Company as Chief Marketing Officer in October, 2014. Over a 25+ year career, he has held numerous marketing leadership roles within the athletic footwear and apparel industry, including senior vice president of global brand marketing for Under Armour, Inc., and various roles at Nike, Inc. from 1989-2000. He has also led marketing communications for global technology brands Gateway, Motorola and Sony.

Dean Rurak
Vice President, Columbia Brand Apparel

Dean D. Rurak was appointed Vice President, Columbia Brand Apparel in January 2017. He joined Columbia Sportswear in 2005 as a Key Account Sales Manager in Canada. In July 2008, he was promoted to Sr. Product Manager – Men’s Outerwear at the Portland Headquarters. In May 2011, he was promoted to USA Product Line Sales Manager and named Director of International Apparel in November 2013. In August 2015, he was promoted to Sr. Director of Merchandising. Prior to joining Columbia in 2005, Mr. Rurak had represented the brand in Alberta, Canada as an independent Sales Agent since 1996.

Jim Swanson
Vice President, Finance

Jim Swanson joined Columbia Sportswear in April 2003 as Global Senior Financial Analyst and was named Vice President of Finance in May 2015, following a progression of advancement through other key finance roles. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Swanson served in a variety of financial planning and analysis, tax, and accounting roles, including senior financial analyst at Freightliner Corporation and at Tality Corporation – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems, and as a senior tax and business advisory associate at Arthur Andersen.

Jeff Tooze
Vice President, Global Customs and Trade

Jeffrey W. Tooze joined Columbia Sportswear Company in 2001 as the Import Operations Manager in the Corporate Logistics department. After creating the Global Customs and Trade department in 2006, he was promoted to Director and several years later named Senior Director. In 2016 he was named Vice President of Global Customs and Trade. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Tooze owned and operated a small international freight forwarding business and worked in a variety of management and consulting roles in trade compliance and logistics. He has been a licensed customs broker since 1988.

Joe Vernachio
President, Mountain Hardwear Brand

Joe Vernachio joined Columbia in April 2017 as President of the Mountain Hardwear Brand. From 2011 to 2017 he served as global vice president of product and operations at The North Face. Prior to that he served for six years as chief operating officer and senior vice president of product and sourcing for Spyder Active Sports, four years as vice president of product for Canadian retail chain Roots, and 12 years in product development and category management with Nike, Inc., during which he helped launch the company’s outerwear program. He began his career in 1987 as a product manager at Chouinard Equipment.

Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing and Manufacturing

Steve Woodside joined Columbia Sportswear in August of 2014 as Vice President of Global Manufacturing and was named Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing and Manufacturing in May 2015. Prior to joining Columbia Mr. Woodside held the position of Vice President Global Footwear Manufacturing for VF Corporation, and also held senior apparel, equipment and footwear manufacturing roles during his 23 year career with Nike, Inc. Mr. Woodside is a native Oregonian and has lived in China, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Mr. Woodside also played 4 years of professional basketball in France and the United States.

Board of Directors

(Ages as of most recent proxy statement)


Gertrude Boyle (age 93) has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1970. Mrs. Boyle also served as Columbia’s President from 1970 to 1988. Mrs. Boyle is Timothy P. Boyle’s and Sarah A. Bany’s mother and Joseph P. Boyle’s grandmother. Mrs. Boyle has been involved in the business throughout its various stages and, in particular, she has been an active participant in Columbia’s promotional campaigns. Mrs. Boyle’s philanthropic endeavors and leadership in the Portland community have been widely recognized and honored, enhancing Columbia’s community relationships.


Timothy P. Boyle (age 67) has served on the Board of Directors since 1978. Mr. Boyle joined Columbia in 1971 as General Manager, has served as Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Sportswear Company since 1988, and reassumed the role of President in 2017, which he had previously held from 1988 to 2015. Mr. Boyle is also a member of the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company (NYSE: NWN) and Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: BREW). Mr. Boyle is Gertrude Boyle’s son, Sarah A. Bany’s brother and Joseph P. Boyle’s father. Mr. Boyle has spent his entire business career growing Columbia into one of the largest apparel & footwear companies in the world. Mr. Boyle’s customer relationships, market knowledge and breadth of experience performing nearly every function within Columbia has resulted in a deep understanding of the business issues facing Columbia.


Sarah A. Bany (age 58) has served on the Board of Directors since 1988. Since 2001, Ms. Bany has been a co-owner of Moonstruck Chocolate Company. From 1979 to August 1998, Ms. Bany held various positions at Columbia, including Director of Retail Stores. Ms. Bany is Gertrude Boyle’s daughter, Timothy P. Boyle’s sister and Joseph P. Boyle’s aunt. Ms. Bany’s years of service at Columbia and her brand development experience have resulted in a deep understanding of Columbia’s business, particularly with respect to brand enhancement and marketing.


Murrey R. Albers (age 76) has served on the Board of Directors since July 1993. Mr. Albers is Chief Executive Officer of United States Bakery, a bakery with operations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and California. Mr. Albers, who has been in his current position since June 1985, joined United States Bakery as general manager of Franz Bakery in 1975. Mr. Albers’ executive experience provides Columbia with insights into operations, acquisitions and valuable business relationships in the region where Columbia operates its headquarters.


Stephen E. Babson (age 66) has served on the Board of Directors since July 2002. Mr. Babson chairs the Compensation Committee. Mr. Babson is a Managing Director of Endeavour Capital, a Northwest private equity firm, which he joined in 2002. Prior to 2002, Mr. Babson was an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP. Mr. Babson joined Stoel Rives in 1978, was a partner from 1984 to February 2002, and served as the firm’s chairman from July 1999 to February 2002. Mr. Babson serves on a number of boards of privately-held companies, including ESCO Corporation; Genesis Financial Solutions, Inc.; Good Food Holdings, LLC, owner of Bristol Farms and Metropolitan Market, LLC; New Seasons Market LLC; Pendleton Woolen Mills, Inc.; USNR, LLC; Vigor Industrial LLC; Zoom Management, Inc., dba ZoomCare; PMI (Pacific Market International, LLC); and OFD Foods, LLC. Mr. Babson brings a combination of financial and legal expertise to the Board. His experience in a private equity firm provides Columbia with valuable insights related to capital markets, strategic planning and financial integrity.


Andy D. Bryant (age 66) has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. Mr. Bryant chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Bryant was named Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) in May 2012. Previously, Mr. Bryant was named a director and Vice Chairman of Intel in July 2011 and most recently served as Executive Vice President of Technology, Manufacturing and Enterprise Services and Chief Administrative Officer of Intel Corporation until January 2012. Mr. Bryant joined Intel in 1981 as Controller for the Commercial Memory Systems Operation, became the Chief Financial Officer in February 1994 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in January 1999. Mr. Bryant expanded his role to Chief Financial and Enterprise Services Officer in December 1999, and was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in October 2007. Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Bryant held positions in finance at Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation. Mr. Bryant served on the board of directors of Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) from 1999 to 2005 and is a member of the board of directors of McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK). Mr. Bryant’s years of experience at a large, global public company provide operational, strategic planning and financial expertise to the Board.


Edward S. George (age 80) has served on the Board of Directors since 1989. For 30 years, until his retirement, Mr. George worked in the banking industry. From 1980 to 1990, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Torrey Pines Bank and from 1991 to 1998 he served as a financial consultant. Mr. George also served as a director of First National Bank of San Diego until its sale in September 2002. Mr. George’s banking experience provides the Board and the Audit Committee with valuable financial expertise.


Walter T. Klenz (age 71) has served on the Board of Directors since 2000. He served as Managing Director of Beringer Blass Wine Estates from 2001 until his retirement in 2005. Mr. Klenz became President and Chief Executive Officer of Beringer Wine Estates in 1990 and Chairman of its board of directors in August 1997, and he served in those positions until the 2000 acquisition of Beringer Wine Estates by Foster’s Group Limited. Mr. Klenz joined Beringer Wine Estates in 1976 as Director of Marketing for the Beringer brand, where he also served as Chief Financial Officer from 1981 to 1990. He served as a director of America West Airlines from 1998 until 2005. Mr. Klenz also serves as a director of Vincraft Group, Free Flow Wines and J. Lohr Winery, all privately-held wine companies, and Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute, a non-profit organization. Mr. Klenz brings a combination of global branding, distribution, financial, and operational expertise to the Board.


Ronald E. Nelson (age 74) has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. He joined NIKE, Inc. in 1976 and went on to serve as Vice President from 1982 to 1997, overseeing a wide variety of operations, including NIKE’s early advertising, promotions and retail operations, global footwear sourcing and financing, and the global apparel division, and he served as President of NIKE’s Japanese subsidiary from 1995 to1997, retiring from NIKE in 1997. Mr. Nelson served as an advisory board member to Columbia in the 1970s and today serves as an informal advisor to several small companies. Mr. Nelson’s broad and deep experience within the apparel and footwear industry provides the Board with insights and guidance regarding our global supply chain, marketing and growth strategies.


Malia H. Wasson (age 58) was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015. Ms. Wasson chairs the Audit Committee, and the Board has designated Ms. Wasson as an “audit committee financial expert.” Ms. Wasson worked at U.S. Bank of Oregon for over 25 years, serving as President of Oregon and Southwest Washington from 2005 to 2015. She served as U.S. Bank’s senior executive in the region and led the U.S. Bank Board in Portland. In addition to her role as President, she led the Oregon Commercial Banking group for U.S. Bank, which provides a wide variety of financial services to middle market companies. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Ms. Wasson held various commercial lending positions with the former Oregon Bank and Security Pacific Bank of Oregon. Currently, Ms. Wasson is the President of Sand Creek Advisors LLC, which provides business consulting to CEOs of public and private companies. Ms. Wasson currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company (NYSE: NWN). She is also a director of the Oregon Business Council and member of the Oregon Business Plan Steering Committee. Ms. Wasson formerly served on the boards of Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, Inc., OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Portland Business Alliance, Greater Portland Inc. and as a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Ms. Wasson’s extensive experience in commercial banking, finance and accounting, as well as local and regional leadership, enables her to provide insight and advice to Columbia on strategic matters including mergers and acquisitions, consumer and commercial businesses, regulatory, marketing, public and government policy and relations, and human resources and diversity.

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