06 Oct VF Corp. Elevates Rendle To CEO Post
The board of directors of VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC), which owns The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Smartwool and other active lifestyle brands, on Wednesday named Steve Rendle, 57, to replace Eric C. Wiseman as the the company’s CEO.
Rendle, who now serves as president and chief operating officer, will step into the role January 1, 2017. Wiseman will continue to serve as executive chairman of VF’s board of directors
As president and CEO, Rendle will have responsibility for VF’s strategic direction, successful implementation and achievement of its near- and long-term growth plan, and day-to-day global operations that generate $12.4 billion in revenue in 2015.
“Steve is the right person to serve as VF’s next CEO as we begin our 118th year of business,” Wiseman said. “As you’d expect of VF, and with full credit to our board of directors, we have a long-standing, rigorous and successful approach to succession planning. We’ve been working since 2008 to identify and prepare the right person to succeed me when the time comes. That time is now.”
As executive chairman, Wiseman, 60, will continue to lead the VF board and work with Rendle to ensure the transition is successful.
“It has been an honor to serve this company for more than 20 years, and a privilege to have been CEO for the past nine years,” Wiseman continued. “We have a powerful business model and an amazing team that’s delivered outstanding long-term results for our shareholders. I’ve known and worked closely with Steve for the last 16 years. Along the way, he has been deeply involved in every aspect of the business, and he’s clearly ready for this role.”
As president and chief operating officer, Rendle has overseen all of VF’s business coalitions worldwide: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear and Sportswear. He’s been responsible for VF’s global supply chain and direct-to-consumer platforms. He has been a member of VF’s board of directors since June 2015.
Rendle has more than 30 years of experience in the specialty outdoor and action sports industry, 16 of which have been with VF. Previously, he spent three years as vice president, VF Corporation and group president, Outdoor & Action Sports Americas, leading VF’s Outdoor & Action Sports Americas businesses in North and South America. He also served as president of VF Outdoor Americas, where he oversaw The North Face, JanSport, Eagle Creek and Lucy brands, as well as business development for the coalition. From 2004 to 2011, he served as president of The North Face brand. He began his career with The North Face brand in 1999.
Rendle earned a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Washington. He serves on the board of directors of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Inc. (AFFOA), an organization working to enable a manufacturing-based approach to transforming traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems. Rendle is a founding board member of the Outdoor Industry Association’s Outdoor Foundation. He has also served in an advisory capacity to Bainbridge Graduate Institute and provided insight into its creation of an M.B.A. program concentration focused on sustainability. Rendle was honored with The Mountain Institute’s annual Exemplary Corporate Stewardship of Mountains award in 2007.