Jarden Corp. on Monday named Robert Marcovitch as president and CEO of the Coleman Co., effective Sept. 1.
Marcovitch, who started working in a Montreal ski shop at age 16, has spent his career in companies that make and sell recreational equipment.
Most recently, he was president and CEO of K2 Sports, a maker of skis, snowboards and other recreational products, based in Seattle.
K2 and Coleman are both wholly owned by Jarden, a $6.4 billion conglomerate based in Rye, N.Y.
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He replaces Sam Solomon, who left Coleman in March to become senior vice president of Sears and president of its tools business.
Jarden bought Coleman in 2004 and brought stability to the company after a rocky decade after it passed from Coleman family control in 1989.
While the company has felt the slow decline in outdoor recreation the U.S., the emergence of millions around the world with the time and money to explore the outdoors have more than compensated.
Coleman is the largest piece of Jarden's Outdoor Solutions division, which reported a profit of $118.9 million on sales of $772.8 million in the second quarter compared with a profit of $113.4 million on sales of $695.8 million in the second quarter of 2010.
Jarden CEO James Lillie said that Marcovitch is a great fit for Coleman's brand and strategy.
"Robert is an avid outdoor enthusiast, innovator, brand steward and effective leader of global teams," Lillie said in a statement. "His background and track record in building a global lifestyle company is a perfect match for leading Coleman as it expands its reach and innovation."
Before becoming head of K2, Marcovitch was president of K2's Ski, Snowboard, Skate and Bike Division from 2003 to 2006. Before that he was CEO of K2 Corp. of Canada, CEO of Ride Manufacturing, and senior vice president of Ride's Apparel and International divisions.
Before that, he held a number of executive positions in Canada with several leading global outdoor companies.