Ash City Appoints New CEO

Will Be Effective As Of January 1, 2013

Ash CityAs first reported in a Breaking News Alert yesterday morning, Top 40 supplier Ash City (asi/37143) has named Doug Hayes as its new president and CEO. The appointment will be effective as of January 1, 2013. Garry Hurvitz, founder of Ash City, will continue to lead the product development and supply chain initiatives for the apparel supplier firm. "Doug Hayes brings a wealth of management experience to Ash City," Hurvitz said. "He has an impeccable track record of performance and excellence, and of fostering long-lasting relationships with both customers and employees with every organization he has led."

Hayes joins Ash City from Crocs Inc., where he served as president of the company's Americas division since January 2009. In that role, Hayes was responsible for all operations for North and South America, including Crocs' wholesale and direct-to-consumer channels. Prior to joining Crocs, Hayes spent more than 25 years in the sports industry. He held positions as president of national sports and senior vice president of Forzani Group Ltd, the largest national sporting goods retailer in Canada. And, he previously served as president of Callaway Golf Canada and president of adidas-Salomon Canada Limited.

"As a Canadian, having worked in the USA for the past four years, I have long admired Ash City and the great business that Garry has built on both sides of the border," Hayes said. "I am excited and honored to be given the challenge of taking this organization to the next level. In the next few months, there will be exciting developments at Ash City and it is my intention to not only grow and nurture an already tremendous business, but also to bring innovative perspectives and business approaches to Ash City in 2013 and beyond."

Ash City ranks as the ninth-largest supplier in the ad specialty industry, after reporting 2011 North American revenues of $136.5 million.