Gert Boyle with her son Tim.

Columbia Sportswear Co. has named Tim Boyle, president and chief executive officer, as chairman of the board. In that role, Boyle succeeds his mother, Gert Boyle, who died last November at the age of 95.

At the same time, the Portland, Ore.-based outdoor brand has also created the role of lead independent director and appointed Andy Bryant to the post. Bryant has served as chairman of the board of directors of Intel Corp. since May 2012 and will be stepping down from that board following Intel’s 2020 annual stockholders’ meeting. Bryant has served on Columbia’s board since 2005, and chairs the company’s nominating and corporate governance committee.

“We feel fortunate to have a seasoned leader like Andy as a strong independent voice on our board,” Tim Boyle said. “Andy’s wealth of experience at Intel has led him to be a source of tremendous insight for our board and I look forward to working even closer with him as he serves as lead independent director.”

Columbia is the second-largest employer in Portland today with sales of around $3 billion and more than 1,800 employees. It also owns the Mountain Hardwear, Sore and Prana labels.

Gert Boyle fled Nazi Germany when she was 13 and moved to Portland, where her parents, Paul and Marie Lamfrom, started the Columbia Hat Company in 1938. After studying at the University of Arizona, she and her husband, Neal Boyle, returned to Oregon and joined the family business. After the death of her father in the early Sixties, her husband became president. Six years later, Neal Boyle died of a heart attack and Gert Boyle stepped up to take over the lead role at Columbia at the age of 47 in 1970.

Tim Boyle has been working at the company since 1971 when he left college in his senior year to help his mother run the family business. He has been ceo since 1988 and reassumed the president’s role in 2017.

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