Vancouver, BC - Mountain Equipment Co-op® (MEC) has looked to within its own senior management team for its next chief executive officer. David Labistour, presently MEC's senior manager of buying and design, has been appointed CEO of Canada's leading outdoor retailer, the co-operative announced today.
appointment was made by MEC's board of directors last week. It marks
the first time in the organization's 36-year history that the top job
has been awarded internally. Labistour will assume the CEO position at
MEC on January 2, 2008.
"In the four years that David
Labistour has been with MEC, he has led a renaissance in our private
label products," said chair Linda Bartlett. "There is no question that
he has contributed significantly to the healthy financial position we
are enjoying today, and we believe he is the best person to lead this
terrific organization through the next chapter in our evolution."
has headed up MEC's buying and design teams since 2003. Among others,
his achievements include enhancing technical apparel and gear within
the key outdoor categories of climbing, paddling and snowsports. He has
also spearheaded a product sustainability initiative aimed at reducing
the ecological footprint of MEC-brand products.
professional experience spans over 25 years working for companies such
as Adidas, Woolworths and Artizia. Prior to emigrating to Canada from
South Africa in 1999, he held senior merchandise positions with
Woolworths, one of South Africa's most successful retailers. More
recently, as a consultant to Vancouver-based Aritzia, he worked closely
with the company president to develop the fashion retailer's product
development structures and processes.
Labistour will take over
from Peter Robinson, who has led the Co-op since 2000 and is moving to
the chief executive position at the David Suzuki Foundation.
depth of experience and skill that exists among the senior management
team is evident in David's appointment," said outgoing CEO Peter
Robinson. "It's very gratifying to see the board entrust the leadership
position to someone who has contributed to our success and who
understands where we need to go next."
Labistour is an
outdoors enthusiast who enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and
paddling. He lives in Deep Cove, BC with his family.
More info: mec.ca
Mountain Equipment Co-op looks within for its new CEOThursday, 06 December 2007
Mountain Equipment Co-op® (MEC) has looked to within its own senior management team for its next chief executive officer. David Labistour, presently MEC's senior manager of buying and design, has been appointed CEO of Canada's leading outdoor retailer, the co-operative announced today.
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