McDermott + Bull has successfully placed James Bottoms as the General Manager of Canada at Mechanix Wear LLC. James will play an instrumental role in leading and driving the growth of Mechanix Wear’s Canadian operations. In addition, he will establish direction and priorities across sales, operations, finance, category, marketing, and supply functions to drive performance growth; build relationships cross-functionally throughout Canada and the US; and develop a recruitment and retention strategy in growing the Canadian operation.
James has over 20 years of leadership experience in apparel and soft goods companies. He has a demonstrated record of success in growing revenue while holding key leadership roles with Unisync Group, SUGOI Performance Apparel, and Mountain Hardwear. His experience in multi-million-dollar business functions include domestic in-house and globally outsourced manufacturing, demand planning, customer service, multi-site distribution, government compliance, facilities, sales operations, supply chain and logistics, financial forecasting, and IT. His strong understanding of entire supply chain, demand planning, and financial operations will be a great fit at Mechanix Wear. He received his Bachelor of Science in business administration and pre-law at Oklahoma Christian University.
Mechanix Wear is a global leader in the design and manufacture of premium work gloves, and one of the most respected enthusiast brands in the fast-growing personal protective equipment (PPE) category worldwide. Founded in 1991 by Jim Hale and headquartered in Valencia, California, Mechanix Wear is the leader in automotive, construction, industrial, and tactical hand protection. With recent rapid growth and international expansion, Mechanix Wear products are sold in more than 20,000 retail store locations across 70+ countries and through industrial distributors.
Co-Founder + Managing Partner Chris Bull partnered closely with the firm’s Canadian office in Vancouver for this placement. This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull Managing Partner Paul Gibbons, Senior Executive Recruiter Brittany Stansfield, and Director Anne Terry.