Wüsthof has announced the appointment of Tom Fowler to lead the company’s Americas business unit. He will be based out of the company’s Norwalk, CT office and will report to Wüsthof’s global CEO, Jan-Patrick Schmitz.
Fowler joins Wüsthof from Polar Electro USA, a venerable brand in the sports wearable tech industry, where he led the turnaround and revitalization of the USA business. His background also includes diverse leadership roles with prestige brands such as Nike, Cervelo, Wilson Sporting Goods and Intel. Seven years of his career were spent in Europe as well as 11 in Canada.
“The role of President of the Americas is pivotal as we execute our strategic growth plan throughout the region,” said Jan-Patrick Schmitz, CEO of Wüsthof. “Tom’s experience will bring a whole-systems competency to our organization as we build our teams and infrastructure to meet these goals. His passion for sales and marketing along with his in-depth understanding of distribution, operations and finance make him uniquely qualified to lead during these challenging but exciting times.”
“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Wüsthof at such an exciting time in the company’s storied history,” added Fowler. “The brand has earned an incredible reputation with consumers and professionals alike. We now have an amazing opportunity to innovate our approach and to optimize the business, all with the goal of serving entirely new groups of consumers in the United States, Canada, Central and South America. I could not be more energized by the challenge.”