Lifestyle label Vans has announced that EMEA Sales Director Jan Van Leuuwen will now take over as VP/GM at Vans EMEA. Starting with the brand as Sales Director in 2011, Van Leuuwen previously worked for O’Neill, Nike and Puma. He will now be responsible for strategic sale, production and marketing consulting in order to achieve long-term goals.

Rick Wood, President of the VF EMEA Outdoor and Action Sports department, said: “I’m convinced that Jan’s competent knowledge of the sporting industry, his varied experience in sales, and his enthusiasm for the brand will lead us to better results than ever before.”

Nathan Hill will assume the leading position at the Lugano-based Reef-retailer. He most recently served as Sales & Marketing Director at Jansport, and started his career in 2006 as Key Account Manager at Vans. Van Leuuwen and Hill will carry out their current positions until follow-ups are found.