Kamik has appointed Steeve Côté as COO. Côté will lead Kamik’s global operations including supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics.
Côté brings over 30 years of industry knowledge in operations and supply chain management with extensive experience in the Quebec, Canada, market among many other international sectors. Starting his career as a consultant in logistics, distribution and manufacturing process optimization, Côté has taken on multiple operation leadership positions across industries including pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and fashion. Côté was most recently the VP of operations at Joseph Ribkoff, an important player in the Canadian fashion industry, managing manufacturing activities across Canada and Europe alongside distribution initiatives in over 64 countries worldwide. Côté previously worked at Lise Watier from 2009-2016, holding the position of VP of operations at this time of his departure.
“Steeve is a proven leader with considerable success scaling operations, and I am confident his leadership and vision will help us continue to evolve Kamik into the future,” states Gillian Meek, CEO of Kamik. “Not only does Steeve bring a diverse range of experience across industries and management practices, but his years of expertise in international markets will benefit Kamik’s operations and support our accelerated growth objectives.”
“I am very excited and proud to join the Kamik family and to contribute to the continued success of this great Canadian brand as the brand approaches their 125th anniversary in 2023,” says Côté. “Not only do they have an impressive legacy manufacturing footwear right here in Montreal, but their dedication to environmental protection and sustainability is deeply aligned with my personal values.”
The Kamik brand was launched in 1898 by the Cook family, who have since been dedicated to delivering the utmost comfort and quality to families. With sustainability a key component of Kamik’s purpose, several new initiatives and leadership hires have been underway as the company seeks to build upon its Canadian heritage and continue reducing its carbon footprint across the globe.
Steeve Côté, COO, Kamik