Bergans of Norway has decided to shut down its sales organizations in the U.K., France, the U.S. and Canada, to focus its product and marketing investments on the Nordics, the German-speaking countries and the Benelux countries. The four countries where Bergans' operations are to be dismantled will be covered through exclusive accounts or distributors, the company said, while its subsidiary in Russia will be converted to a distribution agreement. The move comes about ten months after the arrival of Leif Holst-Liæker as chief executive of Bergans in December 2015, taking over from Ragnar Jensen. Holst-Liæker suggested in a statement that Bergans' resources may have been overly dispersed with expansion into several countries in a short period. Claire Mouzard, formerly with Eider, was appointed as country manager in France in 2009. Andrew Nicolson became country manager in the U.K. in 2010, after several years in the same job for Jack Wolfskin. The U.S. subsidiary was established in 2012 to cover North America under the leadership of Pat Loomis, who retired earlier this year. The Norwegian company already started to implement other changes over the summer with the recruitment of two senior executives to drive sales and marketing. Bergans raised its sales by 5.1 percent to 752 million Norwegian kroner (€81.0m-$90.6m) but the group suffered a pre-tax loss of NOK 17.3 million (€1.86m-$2.08m) in 2015. Margins came under pressure as the swing in exchange rates between the Norwegian and U.S. currencies pushed up purchasing costs by 40 percent in a short time, leading to a loan of NOK 45 million (€4.85m-$5.42m) last year from the company's three shareholders. More in The Outdoor Industry Compass.