Barney Gollings was appointed last week to the new position of international sales and marketing director at Hi-Tec, the U.K.-based outdoor, uniform and sports footwear brand. The move is part of Hi-Tec’s plans to beef up the resources of its international division, which deals with all countries not covered by the brand’s subsidiaries in the U.K., the USA, Spain, the Czech Republic and South Africa. This business reported a sales increase of 25 percent for 2008, on the back of its expansion in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region.
Gollings has been with Hi-Tec for eight years, holding various positions in U.K. and European sales and product development. Most recently, he served as the U.K. category manager for Magnum, Hi-Tec’s specialty brand for uniform and safety footwear. In his new position, Gollings is reporting to Ed van Wezel, general manager of the Hi-Tec group, who also took over last year as chief executive of Hi-Tec’s international division. He replaced Peter Hrbacek, former distributor in the Czech Republic, who stayed at the company’s U.K. head office to supervise sales in the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa division.
Furthermore, Hi-Tec has appointed John Calis as European sales director in charge of both Hi-Tec and Magnum. Calis has more than 24 years of experience in the IT software industry. The position vacated by Gollings at Magnum was taken over by Glen Richards, who worked for other safety-oriented British companies such as Tuf Work & Safety Wear and Greenham, a retailer for personal protective equipment, hygiene and cleaning. Most recently, Richards directed the U.K. sales of Sunlight Service Group, a local market leader in textile rental, laundering services and workwear.
Separately, Hi-Tec confirmed that its 12-year partnership with Padraig Harrington, the Irish golfer who won both the Open championship and the PGA championship last year wearing Hi-Tec CDT Technology, had come to an end. Harrington, who has been a strong marketing asset for Hi-Tec’s golf range, signed an agreement with FootJoy. Hi-Tec said it wanted to focus investments in growth areas of the business, particularly in outdoor and Magnum.