Vendor NewsPolartec, LLC, the premium producer of innovative textile solutions, appoints Doug Kelliher to Vice President of Product Management. In this new role, Kelliher will be responsible for leading Polartec’s product strategy across all categories and business channels including outdoor, fitness, upholstery, military, work wear and medical.

Kelliher joins Polartec with over 20 years of product management experience, most recently at Velcro Industries where he served as business leader for its outdoor and hardware product lines. Prior to Velcro, Doug was the Vice President of Product Merchandising for Studio Ray, building apparel lines for brands such as Gerry, Ecko, IZOD Swim, and ZeroXposur. Before joining Studio Ray, Doug spent over five years at Timberland as the global product leader and senior merchandiser for sportswear and outerwear and also has over 10 years of product management experience with outdoor retailer Eastern Mountain Sports.

This announcement follows the appointment of Jim Zeiba to VP of Advanced Business Concepts and Business Development, and the appointment of Allison Spahr to VP of Global Design.

“Hiring Doug rounds out a significant investment in our product leadership team,” says Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “This reinforces our position as the global leader of innovative textile solutions and the partner of choice to product-centric brands. This team will work closely with our customers to solve problems, capitalize on development opportunities and ensure differentiation in the marketplace.”

Kelliher lives in Nashua, New Hampshire with his wife and two children. He is an avid climber, skier, and overall outdoor enthusiast.

About Polartec, LLC

Polartec, LLC is the premium producer of innovative textile solutions. Since inventing modern synthetic fleece in 1981, the engineers at Polartec have continued to push the limits of fabric technology. Today, Polartec supplies the world with the most advanced fabric innovations. Polartec products range from advanced lightweight wicking fabric, to insulation and weather protection textiles and are utilized by leading apparel brands, the U.S. military and other global militaries, flame resistance, work wear, and contract upholstery markets. For more information, visit