MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Michael Blang has joined Saris Cycling Group as national sales manager.
Blang has a strong background in sales management and leadership skills, which he developed in a long and successful career at AT&T.
DELTA, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Rocky Mountain Bicycles has appointed Charles Russell as its director of sales, marketing and products for the brand globally, effective Aug 5.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Sugoi Performance Apparel, a division of Dorel Industries, has hired Scott Parr as vice president of sales for North America.
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired Nikole Rock as its new director of design and development.
Rock will be responsible for all aspects of design, development and sourcing of the Hincapie retail apparel line.
GRENCHEN, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Swiss bicycle producer BMC has named its head of marketing and communications, Markus Zehnder, as its managing director after an abrupt split with his predecessor, Peter Kreuder.
EMMAUS, PA (BRAIN)—Rodale has appointed Jasen Thorpe to the position of editor-in-chief and brand director of Mountain Bike magazine, effective immediately.
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired Kirk Flinte and Andy Kimbrell to staff its new Interactive Marketing Department.
BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—Io DuPont has hired Philip Vega as the new Power Cordz manager.
NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA (BRAIN)—Todson has promoted Rob Girvin to director of product development, while hiring Eric Lightbody as inventory control analyst and Rosalie Garver as customer service manager.
PETALUMA, CA (BRAIN)–CamelBak has expanded its research and development team with the hiring of two industrial designers who will be responsible for all new soft and hard goods product design.
John Duran joins the team as senior product designer, and Derek Sullivan joins as product designer.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle, along with owner North Castle Partners, have named Jim Thompson as chief executive officer.
Last July, the private equity firm North Castle Partners acquired Performance.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports has appointed Charlie Allen outside sales representative for Florida.
CANTON, MA (BRAIN)—After eight years at Kryptonite, Donna Tocci will step down as marketing manager.
Starting July 1, Tocci will be the director of web/new media for Ingersoll Rand, Kryptonite's parent company.
LOMBARD, IL (BRAIN)—Sylvia Koslow, who owned and operated Koslow Cycle in Illinois with her husband Andrew for three decades, passed away on June 14.
She was 83.
RAMONA, CA (BRAIN)— Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles, Inc. has hired David Woronets as operations manager.
Effective June 16, Woronets will oversee Ellsworth's frame building operations in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Schwinn has hired Tim Staton as its new marketing manager.
Staton will help provide an expanded marketing focus for the Schwinn brand within the independent bicycle dealer channel.
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has a new marketing coordinator.
Jenya Draganov brings an outdoor industry background and fresh ideas to the value-priced eyewear manufacturer, as well as a love for climbing, kayaking, backcountry skiing, surfing and Latin American culture.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—Moots Cycles has named Rob Mitchell president. Mitchell takes over for Chris Miller, who remains as owner and chairman of the board.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Gary De Bay has been named executive vice president of global strategy and marketing for Spyder Active Sports after serving the brand on a consultant level since November 2007.
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired Philip Martindale as its new director of international sales. Martindale will be responsible for developing Hincapie retail apparel business in markets outside North America.