SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Bag and accessory maker Chrome Industries has shifted sales from a force of independent reps to its in-house sales team. The move is part of Chrome's plan to provide more exclusive distribution and establish deeper relationships with its dealers, the company said.
AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The Union Cycliste Internationale has hired Sebastien Gillot as its new head of communications. Gillot was most recently with the International Boxing Association, where he was head of communications and public relations.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (BRAIN) — NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems has promoted Jason Earick to customer service manager and hired Brien Prescott as an inside sales account manager.
Earick has worked for NiteRider for nine years in customer service, repair, sales and event support.
SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Chase Pinkham, a domestic pro road racer who competed on the Jamis–Hagens Berman, Trek-Livestrong and Bissell teams during his career, died Monday, according to the Jamis team and news reports.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Mark Bibb has left SRAM, where he was director of global testing, to join his wife in expanding their horse training business.
PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Accessory brand Portland Design Works (PDW) has hired Jocelyn Gaudi as marketing manager.
EMMAUS, Pa. (BRAIN) — Zack Grice has been named publisher of Bicycling magazine. Grice had been the magazine's associate publisher for sales and marketing since last September.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Two female bike mechanics have been awarded full scholarships to attend UBI's Professional Shop Mechanic and Operations classes, thanks to a program sponsored by UBI, SRAM and QBP.
VANCOUVER, B.C. (BRAIN) — Greg Hammond, a former Shimano executive in Canada, has joined iPhone case brand Hitcase as director of brand marketing.
Hammond will lead the development and execution of Hitcase's global marketing and brand initiatives.
MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Greg LeMond will be joining Eurosport as an on-air channel ambassador, providing analysis on the network's coverage of Paris-Roubaix, the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in a preview and review show called "LeMond on Tour."
Eurosport is broadcast in 54 European markets.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN) — Ibex Outdoor Clothing has appointed James Fisher to lead the Ibex global design team as the new vice president of product.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — David Meredith, formerly co-owner of mountain bike brand One Ghost Industries, has joined Tenneco-Marzocchi in the newly created role of North American sales/marketing coordinator. He started with the company April 1.
CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has hired pro racer Alex Rafferty as its new European MTB public relations coordinator.
Rafferty will be based in Schweinfurt, Germany and work with SRAM's global MTB PR team in promoting all of SRAM's mountain bike brands: SRAM, RockShox, Avid, TRUVATIV and Quarq.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Lifestyle bike brand Brooklyn Bicycle Co. has hired Gary Thornton as national sales manager. Thornton will oversee the brand’s growing dealer base and manage a network of independent sales reps. He’s based out of the company’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn, headquarters.
SANDY, Utah (BRAIN) — Carbon fiber and aerodynamics expert Paul Lew will oversee U.S. and overseas marketing for Reynolds Cycling as sales and marketing manager Rob Aguero shifts his focus exclusively on sales. Reynolds said the move was prompted in part by growth in key accounts and OEM business.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Power meter supplier Stages Cycling has hired former USA Cycling coach Benjamin Sharp as its power education specialist. Sharp will create content and support Stages-sponsored teams as well as dealers and coaches.
NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant has hired former Mountain Bike Action staffer Doug Barnett as its new global road product marketing specialist.
LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Lifestyle brand Pure Fix Cycles has hired Mike Russell as its new sales director. Russell was most recently director of sales at Mirraco Bicycle Co., where over the course of eight years he helped build the BMX brand’s U.S. dealer base from scratch up to 1,100 retailers.
GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Accessory brand Feedback Sports has promoted two internal sales staffers to regional sales manager positions, with Sammy Rutherford overseeing the Eastern U.S. and Tim Allen managing the West.