Confluence Gets New Chief

Sue Rechner, longtime CEO and president of Confluence Outdoor, has stepped down from her post. The company announced the appointment of Richard Krause as CEO and president, effective immediately.

Krause joins Confluence Outdoor from FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC, where he served as CEO for the $70 million sporting goods company and its portfolio of brands. He previously served as CEO of New England Confectionery Company, the oldest multi-brand confectionary business in the United States; and CEO of two Sun Capital Partners portfolio companies.

Sue Rechner will continue to be a major shareholder in the company and support Krause during the transition, said the company.

“After nearly a decade as part of the Confluence Outdoor family, I feel it’s time to move on,” she said.

“Sue built a world-class organization at Confluence Outdoor dedicated to product innovation and best-in class customer service,” said Paul Vigano, senior managing director at J.H. Whitney & Co., LLC, the private equity firm that owns Confluence Outdoor. “We’re confident that Rich will build on the strong foundation that Sue built and bring continued growth to Confluence and our retail partners.”

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