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From High Altitude: TNF Corporate Overview
December 3, 2008, 5:26 am
Filed under: The North Face Project | Tags: , , ,

The North Face is the leader in developing innovative performance gear for outdoor enthusiast such as mountain climbers, endurance athletes, explorers, and extreme snowboarders and skiers. The company was founded in San Francisco in 1966 by two hiking enthusiast Doug Tompkins and Dick Klopp who opened a small retail location specializing in high-performance climbing and backpacking equipment. Eventually the company evolved into the production and retail powerhouse of outdoor adventure products that it is today.


The rise to supremacy in the outdoor apparel market as been just as an arduous and sinuous trek as the trails on the mountains The North Face products are designed for. The 1970’s where a time of company growth and industry leading innovation. The 1980’s where plagued missteps and corporate blunders. By the 1990’s the company was in a time of turnover and transition. At the turn of century The North Face was acquired by The VF Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest apparel manufacture.


Today The North Face is headquartered in San Leandro, California and employees about 860 people and garners about $238 million in sales (2005 est.). It senior management team include:


Dave Gatto: President

Steve Rendle: President, Americas

Topher Gaylord: President, Outdoor International, VF Coporation

Dan Templin: CFO

Joe Flannery: VP, Marketing 

Jim Gerson: VP, Research, Development, and Design

Todd Spaletto: VP, US Sales

Patty Pierce: Directory, Human Resources

Michelle Barth: Director, Marketing

Sumi Reddy: Product Manager, Tekware






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