KEEN hires footwear guru for Merchandising Executive

KEEN, manufacturer of hybrid outdoor and casual footwear, bags and socks, has announced that Ron Hill has joined as its new Vice President for merchandising

“Ron brings significant experience and passion to KEEN and will take full responsibility for the product ‘go-to-market’ component,” said James Curleigh, KEEN’s CEO.  “He will double the impact of the KEEN’s product development team with his tremendous track record in the casual and performance footwear categories.” 

“I view joining the KEEN team as a chance to contribute to an entrepreneurial company’s growth,” said Ron Hill, Vice President for Merchandising, KEEN.  

Ron “grew up in footwear” starting his first job selling shoes at Nordstrom at age 15. He served in roles from the stock room to regional merchandiser, helping build the company’s reputation for shoe merchandising. During his 26- year career at Nike, Ron was responsible for product planning, design and development.   

Already a KEEN fan, Ron is on-point to strengthen KEEN’s relationship with its customers and help maximize the product line for retailers. “I am excited to be part of a young, growing organisation with a strong product offering and solid brand values.  I look forward to contributing to the KEEN story by helping the brand exceed its fan’s product expectations.”