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Vans reinforces its EMEA team

Aug 1, 2019 EMEA
Vans reinforces its EMEA team
Michel Bilodeau was announced as Vice President, General Manager of Vans EMEA. Currently serving as the Vice President, General Manager of VF Outdoor & Action Sports for Canada, Bilodeau will transition into his new role by October 2019
“Michel’s extensive experience with strategic accounts through our One VF platform approach and understanding of our direct-to-consumer business will strengthen our ability to drive growth and further connect with our consumers in deeper ways as Vans lives up to its commitment of serving as the icon of creative expression”, commented Martino Scabbia Guerrini, VF’s Group President for EMEA.

Michel joined VF in May 2009 as General Manager, Vans Canada. He most recently held the role of General Manager, VF Outdoor & Action Sports Canada where he was responsible for overseeing the Canadian businesses for the following brands: The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Smartwool and JanSport. During his tenure, he helped accelerate growth for VF’s business in region through his strong business acumen, exceptional knowledge of the Canadian market, and close collaboration with brands and functional leaders.

Prior to joining VF, Bilodeau was a Partner at Sports Odyssee, Inc., a Canadian distributor of action sportswear, which until 2010 was the sole distributor for the Vans brand in Canada. This experience gave him a deep understanding of the Vans brand and the culture of strong distributor relationships present throughout VF. Before that, Bilodeau worked for the Sports Experts Group, a Quebecois regional retail chain offering an assortment of branded and private-label equipment, apparel and footwear. 

“I am happy to be joining VF in EMEA and leading the regional growth of the Vans® brand”, commented Bilodeau. “As Vans remains focused on its ability to meet consumer needs across more than 40 unique EMEA countries, I am excited to work with the Vans leadership team to ensure we continue to strengthen these relationships and strategically grow our business”, he concluded.

Vans products are sold in more than 80 countries around the globe.