Melody Harris-Jensbach, the seasoned executive who has been running Jack Wolfskin for the past six years, will soon be leaving the German outdoor brand. According to a press release, Callaway Golf Company, which took over Jack Wolfskin at the beginning of 2019 for around €418 million, and Harris-Jensbach had already agreed on her departure more than a year ago.
The agreement called for the termination of her contract as soon as the integration of Jack Wolfskin into the Callaway group was completed. We have already reported on a number of strategic moves. Most recently, she and the current management team have been working “at top speed” to make the necessary arrangements to deal with the effects of the corona crisis, Harris-Jensbach added.
Her successor has not yet been announced. “We appreciate Melody’s leadership of the brand and have been working with her for some time on a succession plan,” said Chip Brewer, Callaway’s CEO, without giving a date for her departure. We could not determine whether she has already another job lined up.
Harris-Jensbach was appointed CEO of Jack Wolfskin in 2014, replacing Michael Rupp, with the aim of developing a younger and more fashionable positioning for the brand, among other tasks. Prior to Jack Wolfskin, the American-educated executive held important executive positions including vice-president and chief product officer on Puma’s executive board between 2008 and 2011, and more recently, chief product & design officer of Esprit.
Two other high-level executives have left Jack Wolfskin since Callaway’s takeover. Jörg Whalers quit last July as chief financial and operating officer. In February, it was announced that the company’s sales manager, Markus Bötsch, would leave by July 31. Whalers has since been replaced by a new COO, Alexander Hauser, and a new CFO, Ante Franicevic.