ECCO, the leading family-owned global footwear brand, has announced Erik Walcott as Global Head of Specialty Sales. Having previously worked with the leading premium footwear and leather company for nearly a decade, from 2005 to 2014, Walcott will oversee global sales for the brand’s Outdoor division, effective immediately.
“We are thrilled to have Erik return to ECCO and believe his deep expertise and diverse background, spanning nearly two decades in footwear and including some highly-respected brands, will be an amazing asset to the ECCO team,” states Nikolai Christensen, Head of Outdoor, ECCO Global. “His proven ability to prepare and execute aggressive, impactful sales plans will be leveraged as we continue to deliver on our commitment to the outdoor category business, not only in the US, but globally.”
From driving the global strategy and implementing market-specific programs, to leading regional sales managers around the world, Walcott will direct the best-in-class customer service the ECCO brand is known for. He will also lead the positioning of ECCO for growth in new channels of distribution, seeking new opportunities and retail partnerships for ECCO’s growing outdoor category.
Most recently serving as the VP of Sales for Rumpl, Walcott’s experience also includes over four years with Keen, where he was the brand’s Sales Director for the West. “They say that life comes full circle, and I’m happy to be back with the ECCO global team and believe the skills I’ve honed and experience I’ve collected positions us for significant and meaningful growth. I look forward to working with and expanding the outdoor team and category during this exciting time,” adds Walcott.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Walcott will report directly to Christensen at the brand’s headquarters in Denmark.
ECCO is one of the world’s leading shoe brands, combining style and comfort. ECCO’s success is built on products with a great fit and top-quality leathers. ECCO owns and manages every aspect of the value chain from tanneries and shoe manufacturing to wholesale and retail activities. ECCO’s products are sold in 90 countries from over 2,200 ECCO shops and more than 14,000 sales points. ECCO is family-owned, founded in Denmark in 1963, and employs more than 21,000 people worldwide. www.ecco.com