Portland, Oregon’s Holden Outerwear announced three major new hires today including a new CFO, VP of sales, and director of European distribution. The company’s new VP of Sales is Colin Madden, who was previously director of sales at Burton, then DC, and most recently VP of sales at Neff. Madden will be in charge of domestic and international sales. Mike Hare will be the new CFO and General Counsel and Alex Messmer/MDM Consulting will direct Holden's European distribution.
"Hiring Colin is the culmination of an intensive search to find the right fit," says Holden Co-Founder Mikey LeBlanc. "We recognize that we need to do more than make a great product—we need to deliver it to the right customers on terms that are mutually profitable. We're confident that Colin's skill and experience will let us take this fundamental step."
Messmer was formerly with Rusty Europe, Volcom, and Vestal Watches Europe, and has over 15 years of experience in the action sports industry. His Biarritz, France-based MDM Consulting will coordinate Holden's European distribution.
"Alex's experience building distribution networks in Europe is a critical step to properly managing our European growth," says LeBlanc.
Mike Hare, who officially joined the team in late 2009, previously practiced corporate and securities law at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, both in New York, New York. He has served Holden as its general counsel since 2007.
Says Scott Zergebel, Holden co-owner and creative director, "Holden is on the move—and to expand properly means putting together the absolute best team we can find. Hiring Mike to run our finance and operations, Colin to direct sales, and Alex to support our European business is a major step towards this goal. The final piece of the puzzle is installing a marketing executive—and we hope to make an exciting announcement about this soon."