PORTLAND, Ore. (April 16, 2018)— KEEN, Inc. (KEEN), a values-led, family-owned outdoor and lifestyle footwear brand known for its original and versatile products, welcomes Kate Sweeney as chief operating officer (COO). Sweeney joins the executive leadership at KEEN to drive results as the brand continues to build and invest in its future growth. Sweeney officially joins KEEN at its global headquarters in Portland, Oregon effective April 16, 2018.
“With Kate joining the team, KEEN gains a savvy executive operator with a proven background in driving operational and financial excellence for dynamic and growing brands,” says Tyler LaMotte, chief marketing officer at KEEN. “Kate’s leadership and expertise will be a tremendous value add across the KEEN organization as the business and operations continue to scale globally.”
Sweeney most recently served as the chief financial officer at Agero, Inc. As the top finance executive at the leading provider of vehicle and driver safety services, she managed a 100-person team for the white-label provider of roadside assistance, consumer affairs and mobile telematics solutions for the top insurance and OEM brands. Prior to joining Agero, Sweeney served as senior vice president, finance at Sperry Top-Sider and senior vice president of finance and administration at Stride Rite Children’s Group, where she consistently sought to drive process and profit optimization, provided financial leadership and fortified the operational foundation for both brands.
"I'm excited to join such a passionate team at KEEN who are not only dedicated to delivering innovative, high performance-product but also for driving action in our communities and a life outside,” says Sweeney. “KEEN's demonstrated mission to protect and preserve our outdoor space is also powerful. I look forward to working with this team to help deliver the KEEN promise."
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About KEEN:Driven by a passion for life outside, KEEN is a values-led, independently owned brand from Portland, Oregon, that’s on a mission to create original and versatile products, improve lives, and inspire outside adventure. Founded in 2003, it launched a revolution in the footwear industry with the introduction of the Newport adventure sandal, and has donated more than $15 million to non-profit organizations and causes around the world to promote responsible outdoor recreation, including conservation efforts to protect open spaces. KEEN strives to show the world through its products and its actions that a business for good can actually be good for business. By giving back, reducing impact, and activating communities and individuals to protect the places where we work and play, KEEN puts its values in motion and takes action to leave the world a better place. Learn more at https://www.keenfootwear.com/our-purpose.html
Contact: Massimo Alpian
970.924.0704 ext. 157