VF Corporation Appoints Markus Hamm as Vice President and General Manager, Kipling® EMEA

Stabio (Switzerland) – 1 April 2020 – VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, announced the appointment of Markus Hamm as Vice President and General Manager, Kipling® EMEA, effective April 1, 2020. He will be based in Antwerp, Belgium where the brands’ marketing and sales operations are based and will report to Vera Breuer, Global President Kipling.

“The Kipling team is excited to welcome Markus onboard,” said Vera Breuer. “With many years of market experience and a successful track record across Sales, Marketing and Digital, combined with excellent leadership skills, he is the perfect fit to lead our brand growth in the region.”

After joining VF in 2004, Markus Hamm held various key sales positions for Jansport® and Eastpak®, including Sales Director, DTC & Strategic Accounts Director and most recently taking over Wholesale, Strategic Accounts, Sales Operations and Digital for the Eastpak brand.

“I am thrilled to start this new chapter of my career at VF joining the Kipling EMEA organization,” said Markus Hamm. “I see great opportunities to expand Kipling’s brand growth in the region, in alignment with the brand’s creative vision of ‘Live.Light.’”

Markus Hamm will be responsible for leading the Kipling EMEA organization, maximizing business and financial objectives and overseeing the general execution for all functions.

About VF Corporation

Founded in 1899, VF Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish most through a family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland® and Dickies®. Our purpose is to power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We connect this purpose with a relentless drive to succeed to create value for all stakeholders and use our company as a force for good. For more information, please visit vfc.com.

About Kipling®

The Kipling success story started in 1987 in the heart of the fashion capital of Antwerp (Belgium) with crinkled nylon bags. By injecting our creativity and out-of-the-box thinking into developing thoughtful designs with a casual coolness, Kipling products are created to inspire mobility and enable you to Live.Light. As more than a bag brand, Kipling represents a positive outlook on life, a light-hearted mentality, free spirit, and inclusivity. Today Kipling’s well-known bags and accessories are available around the world in 436 stores in 80 countries and can be found in more than 7500 shops, and on kipling.com.

Media contacts

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Fabrizia Greppi, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs and Communications, EMEA

Jana Teurlings, Senior Brand & Marketing Manager, EMEA