Pendleton Woolen Mills hires new CEO

By Cami Joner, Columbian retail & real estate reporter

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Updated: February 4, 2013, 4:25 PM

 

Pendleton Woolen Mills Inc. has a new chief executive officer charged with continuing to build its position as an American heritage brand.

President Mort Bishop III announced Mondaythat the Pendleton board has appointed Mark Korros, 61, as CEO of the Portland-based firm, which operates a woolen mill in Washougal.

Korros most recently served as CEO and president of Seattle-based Filson, an outdoor clothing company. He succeeds Bill Lawrence, who served as Pendleton's CEO for two years and will remain on board through the transition.

Korros has a background in brand development, along with experience in product merchandising, direct marketing, e-commerce, and retail and wholesale sales. Prior to Filson, Korros served as president at Samsonite and FranklinCovey. He also has held senior executive positions at Reebok, Levenger and Healthtex Childrenswear.