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In response to the untimely passing of Woolrich president and CEO, Roswell Brayton, Jr. last week, Woolrich today announced its succession plan.
James Griggs, most recently Woolrich vice president of finance, as been named president by the Woolrich board of directors. Charles Aides, senior vice president of apparel manufacturing and sourcing, will assume the responsibilities of chairman of the board.
James Griggs has been with Woolrich since 1987 and has held various positions in finance and accounting. He was named vice president of finance in 2005 and named to the Woolrich board of directors in 2006. He is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Bloomsburg University.
Charles Aides began his career with Woolrich in 1989 as the group manufacturing manager of the southern/western division located in Ailey, Georgia. Charles moved to Woolrich headquarters in Woolrich, PA in 1994 when promoted to vice presidentâ€”apparel manufacturing and sourcing. He currently serves as senior vice presidentâ€”apparel manufacturing and sourcing, a position he has held since 1999. Charles was named to the Woolrich board of directors in 1997. Born in Newnan, Georgia, Charles is a graduate of Georgia State University.
â€œIt is a sad and tragic situation,â€ stated Griggs. â€œBut we must move forward for the sake of the company and the employees. Roz cared deeply about Woolrich and he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We have a great group of people here at Woolrich and that will make this transition easier.â€
â€œWe intend to proceed in the direction that Roz established,â€ said Aides. â€œHe had a vision for the company that remains unchanged. I look forward to working with this team to continue with his plans.â€