BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN) — Champion System has hired Kelly Reed as its new public relations and social media director.
ENCINITAS, CA (BRAIN) — Skins Compression has hired Ben Harper as channel manager for its endurance and winter sports business.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Val Vanderpool has joined Bicycle Retailer and Industry News as a staff reporter.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN) — GU Energy Labs has brought aboard Lauren O’Connor as its new senior marketing manager.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Sales and marketing executive Mike Ely is leaving NiteRider after 15 years with the company to lead Australian parts and accessories brand JetBlack Products’ expanded push into the U.S. market.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Al Fritz, one of the legends of the U.S. bicycle industry, died Tuesday in Chicago at 88.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — Nuun is now working with the new public relations agency ModCraft for PR and branding strategy, the companies announced Wednesday.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA (BRAIN) —After a four-month search, Crankbrothers has named outdoor and action sports industries veteran Andy Palmer as its new general manager.
KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Raleigh has hired 30-year bicycling and outdoor industry veteran Alan Rowland as director of sales for the West territory.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN) — Augmenting its retail development team, Giant USA has promoted Josh Fonner to West regional retail services manager.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Zoic Clothing has bolstered its sales and marketing team, naming Abbie Newell national sales leader and Kenna Quiroga Gray marketing specialist.
GHENT, Belgium (BRAIN) — ETRA, the European retailer association, has hired Florian Dammer as its new business development manager.
SOUTHBURY, CT (BRAIN) — Aaron Bethlenfalvy, formerly Cycling Sports Group’s global vice president of design, has launched a design consulting business, Alpha Dog Design.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Kevin Burnette is joining wife Shanna Burnette as co-founder and partner in the public relations agency ModCraft.
WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — The Alliance for Biking & Walking has hired Kristin Purdy as its new national campaigns manager.
MEQUON, WI (BRAIN) — Hayes Components has hired Zach Hyland as sales coordinator for all Hayes Components brands.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — Portland-based clothing brand Showers Pass is opening a sales office in the United Kingdom next month.
Based in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, the Showers Pass U.K. headquarters will open for business May 16 and will introduce the company's full product line to the U.K.
EMERYVILLE, CA (BRAIN) — Clif Bar & Company has named Kevin Cleary, currently president and COO, to the position of chief executive officer.