North East-based outdoor company Berghaus has announced the name of its new chief executive.
Richard Leedham has been appointed brand president of Berghaus and Brasher, with immediate effect. Leedham has been fulfilling the role on an interim basis since January and has now been confirmed in the position by the brand’s parent company, the Pentland Group.
Richard Leedham has been working for Berghaus since 1995 and for the last nine years he has served on the company’s board, working across international business development, product and sales. The role includes management of the Brasher brand, which has now been integrated into the Berghaus business.
Leedham is well-known in the outdoor sector and is also a board member of both the Outdoor Industries Association and the European Outdoor Group.
Andy Rubin, chief executive Pentland Brands plc, said: “We are delighted that Richard Leedham has accepted the role of brand president of Berghaus and Brasher. Richard has been with Berghaus for 19 years, working in and leading the product and sales functions and, most recently, leading the Berghaus and Brasher business as interim brand president.
“We are delighted to make this appointment internally and wish Richard all the best in driving the brands’ global business growth.”
Richard added: “It has been my privilege to work for Berghaus for most of my career and I am very pleased to have this opportunity to lead the company. Berghaus and Brasher are very special brands that mean a great deal to many people, not least me.
“With our fantastic team here and the invaluable support of Pentland, I believe that the future is very exciting for this business.”