Mizuno USA elects new corporate vice president of sales

Mizuno USA, a global leader in sports apparel, footwear and equipment, announced the promotion of Chuck Couch to fill the position of Corporate Vice President of Sales, Mizuno USA. This role will transition Couch from his current role in the Golf Division as Vice President of Product Management to an integral member of the Mizuno USA leadership team. His primary responsibilities will include oversight and direction of the Mizuno USA sales strategy across all business categories. Couch will report directly to Bob Puccini, President of Mizuno USA

“Chuck brings an understanding, commitment and devotion to the Mizuno Brand that is second to none,” said Bob Puccini, President of Mizuno USA. “His insights, compoundedChuck by his positive, inspirational leadership style, will strengthen our ability to effectively compete in an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving retail environment.”

With more than 20 years of experience at Mizuno, Couch has an undying passion for the brand that permeates into his functional competencies. Couch has had the opportunity to experience a number of roles spanning different functional areas during his tenure. Starting in Customer Support, he worked his way through various areas of the Mizuno business, including sales, marketing and product development. After a number of successful years managing golf sales as the Golf Division Regional Sales Manager, Couch transitioned into the product management side of the golf business, first as the Director of Marketing, then Director of Product Management. Most recently, as Vice President of Product Management, Couch has played an instrumental role in creating a collaborative, unified and cohesive vision for the Mizuno’s golf business throughout the western hemisphere and globally. “I’m incredibly grateful for every opportunity I’ve had with Mizuno as each one prepared me for the next,” stated Couch. “I’m truly honoured to move into this new role and to serve and work alongside such a talented, passionate and committed Mizuno sales force.”

“Chuck is a values-based leader, and his heart and soul are in this company,” said Puccini. “He has an exciting challenge ahead, and I know he is the right leader to guide our sales teams to new heights and accomplishments. We are glad to be able to further extend his reach and business impact throughout the organization.”

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes baseball, golf, softball, running, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America.  Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

Lenzing AG to appoint new CFO

The Nomination Committee of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG has recommended to the Supervisory Board to appoint, at its next meeting on 10 December 2015, Thomas Obendrauf, 45, as the company’s CFO, for three years from March 1, 2016

A Styrian by birth, Thomas Obendrauf studied commercial science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and at the Chicago University, where he acquired an MBA. He also qualified as a tax consultant in Austria and as a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S.

Obendrauf, who is currently the CFO of car dealership Wiesenthal Autohandels AG, had previously worked for twelve years as CFO and in other management positions with circuit board manufacturer AT&S AG. On top of his outstanding financial know-how, he gained comprehensive expertise in innovation management in the U.S. As a proven expert on Asia, Thomas Obendrauf also brings to his new job many years of operative management experience in developing and optimising lasting business relations in the Far East.

Hanno Bästlein, Chairman of the Nomination Committee of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG, said about the intended appointment of the new CFO: “With Thomas Obendrauf we managed to attract to Lenzing AG a recognised top manager. The whole Lenzing Group can benefit, for our future strategic focus, from his comprehensive expertise and his many years of international experience.”

About his planned move to the Management Board of Lenzing AG, Thomas Obendrauf said: “Lenzing AG has successfully completed a difficult restructuring process and will now be able to grow again with innovative products in the market. Due to the strong ties with Asia, the global fibre market is still highly dynamic. Getting the chance to work as CFO for such a respected, innovative company as Lenzing AG is therefore a highly responsible and challenging assignment.”

The current CFO of Lenzing AG, Thomas Riegler, informed the Supervisory Board that he will terminate his contract ahead of schedule by the end of 2015, with the restructuring process, to which he significantly contributed as a finance and restructuring expert, successfully completed. Riegler wants to spend more time on his own interim management and consulting company. The Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG wishes to thank Mr Riegler for his significant contribution to the Group’s realignment and all the best for his future entrepreneurial businesses.

From March 1, 2016, the Management Board of Lenzing AG, will therefore consist of: Stefan Doboczky (CEO), Robert van de Kerkhof (CCO), and Thomas Obendrauf (CFO).

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