IBACH, Switzerland & MONROE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. (VSAI) announces today the appointment of Hilary Hartley as President, North America. In this new role, he will report to Patrick Hardy, CEO Global Retail & E-commerce, who also heads subsidiaries globally and has been acting as interim President of the North American organization since May of 2016.
Hartley brings more than 20 years of global management expertise in luxury, outdoor and sports industries, which complements VSAI’s varied portfolio of products. Under his leadership, VSAI will focus on improved distribution and go-to-market strategies across all core product categories: Swiss Army Knives, Watches, Travel Gear, Cutlery and Fragrance. Hartley will oversee Sales, Marketing, Finance, Business Development, Operations and Distribution as well as positioning the brand as an industry leader.
“We are so pleased to have Hilary join the Victorinox Swiss Army family.” said Carl Elsener, Global CEO of Victorinox Group. “As our largest subsidiary, we place great importance on the North American market, which we will rely on to support our ongoing commitment to strengthen our brand’s position in the ever-changing global marketplace, and investing in our products which best reflect our customers’ needs. Hilary’s vast experience, passion and determination will help him to excel in his new role and we look forward to growing our North American business under his leadership.”
“Victorinox is an industry-leading iconic brand. I am proud and excited to be a part of the Victorinox family and look forward to working with our North American partners. Victorinox has extraordinary potential. With the passionate team in place, we will drive long-term healthy growth for VSAI and our valued dealers,” Hartley added.
Most recently, Hartley held the position of Vice President of Oakley North America, where he led significant growth across all distribution channels. He also previously held prominent leadership and directorial positions at Rossignol in North America and abroad.
ABOUT VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY
Victorinox Swiss Army produces and sells unique, high quality products worldwide which are of practical use in differing areas of life: Swiss Army Knives, Cutlery, Watches, Travel Gear and Fragrances. The company’s headquarters are located in Ibach, Schwyz, in the heart of Switzerland. This is where the founder of the company Karl Elsener first set up his cutler’s business in 1884 and, a few years later, designed the legendary “Original Swiss Army Knife”.