Pearl Izumi has hired Chris Sword as president, replacing Mike O’Connor who served as president before retiring in December 2016.
For the past nine years, Sword was president at Oberalp Group, which owns the Dynafit, Salewa, Wild Country and Pomoca brands. Prior to Oberalp, Sword worked for Ford Motor Company and Russell Athletic. “Chris has a unique combination of working for both Fortune 500 companies and small startups,” said the company. “He also has extensive experience in the apparel and footwear categories.”
Chris is a graduate of Villanova University and later received his MBA from Duke University.