EOG strengthens team with retail and product development experts

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced details of three additions to its team, boosting the association’s focus on both retail and sustainability. Andy Airey and Anny Cardinahl have started working as retail consultants for the EOG, while Katy Stevens has joined the organisation as sustainability project manager.

The EOG took the decision to accept retail members in 2014, since when several major companies from the sector have joined.  The association now has 19 retail members, all of which are playing full and active roles, while Rainer Angstl of Schuster sits on the EOG board.  Andy Airey and Anny Cardinahl are experts in the outdoor retail field and will help the EOG to enhance its portfolio of services.

Andy Airey is very well known in the industry.  He recently stepped down from his position as a director at UK retailer George Fisher Ltd.  Airey has been an influential figure in the sector for many years and has a deep understanding of the challenges for both independent and multiple outdoor retailers.  He is passionate about cooperation in the sector and has served on the board of the UK Outdoor Industries Association. 

Anny Cardinahl also brings a wealth of experience with her to the EOG, having spent over 20 years with one of the world’s leading outdoor retailers, Globetrotter.  Based in Germany, Cardinahl has a deep understanding of European retail and provides high level strategic advice to businesses in the industry.

Mark Held, EOG general secretary, comments: “We have always been very clear that all parts of the outdoor industry share much in common and can benefit from sustained collaboration.  However, it is equally clear that retailers have distinct and different needs that need to be served by a membership organisation like the EOG.  We are delighted to be working with Anny and Andy.  Together, they offer outstanding breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, and an understanding of outdoor retail across Europe that will prove to be of great value to the EOG and its members.”

Andy Airey comments: "Modern retail is in a dramatic state of flux, change is the name of the game.  It’s vitally important that retailers in the outdoor trade can adapt in order to maximise their potential in these challenging times.  I am looking forward to working with the EOG team to develop a set of relevant services for retail members that will give mutually beneficial support where required, better insights into future developments, and inspiration to drive the market and individual businesses forward.”

Anny Cardinahl comments: “It’s a pleasure for me to cooperate with the EOG and to support its retail work at a time when the outdoor industry must convert newcomers and understand and address a new interpretation of ‘outdoor’ from the consumer side.  I am looking forward to using ‘zeitgeist’, strengths and opportunities as GPS-like waypoints to offer support from a bird’s eye view, in addressing both needs and challenges.”

Katy Stevens has joined the core EOG team as sustainability project manager.  Based in Germany, Dr Stevens is a specialist in technical textiles with many years of experience in production, product development, and testing and evaluation.  She has extensive knowledge of textile chemistry and industrial usage and will focus on capacity building in the area of chemicals management, in order to assist the EOG and its members develop sustainability programmes.

Katy Stevens comments: “This is an exciting opportunity for me to work in a progressive industry that I believe is fully committed to embedding sustainability into its business activities.  I have already started speaking with EOG members to find out first-hand what support from the association they would welcome as they develop their in-house capabilities in this area.  I believe that this can be an industry that is confident about its chemicals management capabilities.”

Dr Stevens will work closely with EOG head of CSR and sustainability Pamela Ravasio, who adds: “Katy brings great expertise to the EOG.  Her knowledge about product development, including chemicals and their use and application in textiles, is outstanding.  This will be vital, as we strive to provide the most up to date and relevant insights to our members – and the wider industry – and help to inform the development of long term sustainability strategies in our sector.”