Cypress, Calif. — Vans has named Jim Watson director of apparel sales. Formerly national sales manager of men’s/girls’ for Split, he has also worked for SoCal surf and skate Fyasko, West and Reef.

“In order for us to continue to grow and compete effectively with other apparel brands, there is a need to have a singular focus on apparel within Vans,” said Jeff Moore, Vans’ vice-president of sales. “Jim’s experience and expertise will be a great addition to our growing sales and apparel teams.”