Performance Sports Group is led by an experienced and committed management team with a proven track record of successfully introducing and marketing innovative products, integrating strategic acquisitions, and implementing successful growth strategies. Our accomplishments and performance have been possible through the dedication of our employees, who have been with us for an average of 10 years.
Harlan Kent, Chief Executive Officer, Director
Harlan Kent was appointed Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Performance Sports Group in June 2016.
Mr. Kent is a seasoned CEO with a strong track record of leading consumer-centric brands. His career has been marked by success in a range of management roles across brand and category management, product innovation, operations, business development and channel distribution.
Previously, Mr. Kent served as President and CEO of Yankee Candle, Inc., where he led the organization through consistent growth in revenues, profits and shareholder value. During his tenure with Yankee Candle, Kent led the successful expansion of the company’s go-to-market strategy including diversification of the product portfolio, emphasis on brand building and increase in channel distribution. Prior to his role as CEO, Mr. Kent also served as Yankee Candle’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Wholesale Division.
Before his time at Yankee Candle, Mr. Kent was Senior Vice President and General Manager Wholesale Division at Totes Isotoner Corp where he managed the $140 million division of the $250 million Bain Capital-owned fashion accessory company and was responsible for the integration of the Isotoner business after its acquisition by Totes. Earlier, Mr. Kent served as Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing at the Winchester Division of Olin Corp where he executed a successful business turnaround for a $260 million recreational, military and industrial business. In addition, Mr. Kent has led both marketing and business development teams at Campbell Soup Company and Dole Food Company. Most recently, Mr. Kent worked for two founder-led companies, serving as President at Alex and Ani and CEO of C. Wonder.
Mr. Kent began his career at Bain and Company as a consultant where he oversaw business unit strategy development, cost reduction analysis and financial modeling for clients in the packaging, pharmaceutical, office products and railroad industries.
Mr. Kent holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and also serves on the Board of P.F. Chang’s. He previously served on the Boards of AT Cross, Rue 21, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the University of Connecticut Cancer Center.
Mark Vendetti, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Mark Vendetti joined Performance Sports Group as Chief Financial Officer in December of 2015.
A 30-year veteran of the business world with experience in finance and consumer products, Mr. Vendetti most recently served as CFO of Francesca's Holdings Corporation, a publically traded women's specialty retailer. Prior to his role with Francesca's Holdings Corporation, Mr. Vendetti held the position of Vice President, Finance for Abercrombie & Fitch from 2009-2013 and served as Senior Vice President for XM Satellite Radio Inc. from 2005-2008.
A graduate of Amherst College with a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Mr. Vendetti began his career with General Electric and held numerous positions of increasing responsibility with The Proctor & Gamble Corporation from 1989-2001, before joining the Sears Credit Division and Citigroup Inc., where he held the position of Vice President, Finance, Credit Card Products.
Angela Bass, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources
Angela Bass has held this position since returning to Bauer in 2012. Prior to her return, Ms. Bass served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG), a division of Collective Brands, Inc. As a member of the senior leadership team with responsibility for leading all aspects of the human resources function for the division, Ms. Bass led organizational initiatives across all brands and functions with a focus on talent acquisition, talent management and development, and shared services integration activities. Prior to joining PLG, she held the position of Vice President, Human Resources, for the J. Jill Group and Vice President, Global Human Resources, for Sport Brands International. Ms. Bass joined the Bauer team in 2002 as a transfer from Nike, and held the role of Director, Global Human Resources. She joined Nike in 1996 and held various human resources roles of increasing responsibility.
Ms. Bass holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences from Portland State University.
Paul Dachsteiner, Vice President of Information Services
Paul Dachsteiner has held this position since returning to Bauer in 2008. Prior to his return, Mr. Dachsteiner served as Chief Information Officer at Nike affiliate Cole Haan for two years. In addition to building shared services models between Nike and Cole Haan, Mr. Dachsteiner supported global retail stores while leading the transition of Cole Haan's point of sale systems and new store openings. In 2001, Mr. Dachsteiner began his role at Nike Bauer Hockey and worked closely with Nike to leverage shared services and deliver best-in-class services while reducing operating costs.
Mr. Dachsteiner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from New Hampshire College.
Paul Gibson, Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
Paul Gibson has held this position since 2008 and is responsible for leading the company's Research, Design and Development, Supply Chain and Mergers and Acquisitions organizations. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gibson was the Senior Vice President of Product Creation. From 2001-2006, he held the position of Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Sourcing, which included responsibility for Research, Design and Development, Logistics and Distribution, Supply Planning, Quality and Nike Bauer's Taiwan Production and Development Operations. Mr. Gibson has extensive relationships with suppliers throughout Asia and led the transition from internal manufacturing at Bauer to outsourcing products in Asia including the development of Bauer's Asia Production and Development Operations located in Taichung, Taiwan.
Michael J. Wall, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Michael Wall was named Executive Vice President, General Counsel in 2015 after holding the position of Vice President and General Counsel since 2008. In addition, Mr. Wall was appointed Corporate Secretary in 2011. Prior to joining Bauer, Mr. Wall held the position of Chief Legal Officer of the TD Garden and the Boston Bruins. During his 13 years in this role, he was the sole in-house attorney, providing legal support, advice and counsel to the executive management of the TD Garden, the Boston Bruins, Massachusetts Sportservice, New England Sportservice and H.A. Sportservice. He served as a member of the board of directors of the NHL Pension Society during this time and continues to serve on the board of directors of The Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation. Before joining the TD Garden and Boston Bruins executive teams, Mr. Wall was an attorney with Boston law firms Hinckley, Allen & Snyder and Goodwin Procter.
Mr. Wall has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of the Holy Cross and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Boston College Law School.