05 Apr Elan Skis Supports Brand Growth With New U.S. Subsidiary
Elan Skis, the Slovenian-based legacy supplier of handcrafted skis, announced the new formation of Elan Sports USA, an independent subsidiary of Elan d.o.o., effective immediately, under the leadership of Gary Fleming as president.
Elan Sports USA, located in Lebanon, NH. is part of a long-term strategy, supported by a healthy increase in both sales and brand awareness in recent years, aimed at committing ample resources for growth and expansion in North America.
“The formation of Elan Sports USA represents the brand’s unwavering commitment to the U.S. market,” said Fleming. “This step is an investment by Elan to continually provide the highest level of service and customer engagement that retailers have come to expect.”
After the purchase by private investors in the fall of 2015, Elan installed new senior leadership who then turned their focus towards the North American market. This led to the appointment of industry veteran Jeff Mechura in 2016 to oversee global product development and marketing.
Working in conjunction with divisional head, Leon Korosec, an extensive global rebranding effort was undertaken and valuable insight was gained into the domestic U.S. ski market.
Korosec added, “With a clean, consistent brand message, well-received product in the marketplace and a dynamic, well-established professional rep. force, the formation of Elan Sports USA is [a] timely and logical next step in our multi-year global growth plan.”
Elan skis had previously been distributed in the U.S. by Alpina Sports Corporation (ASC), an independent subsidiary of Alpina d.o.o. By acquiring ASC, Elan Sports USA will now be the distributor of Alpina alpine and Nordic products.