Canyon recruits U.S. president and GM ahead of summer sales drive

Having set up in the U.S. Canyon has now recruited Blair Clark and Thomas Baumann who join as president and general manager of Canyon USA, respectively.

Both familiar names in the industry, Clark comes to Canyon from GU Energy Labs, where he was President and Chief Operating Officer, following more than a decade a Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for Smith Optics.  He has served as an IMBA board member and is current Chairman of the People for Bikes Foundation.

Baumann previously was President and CEO of Orbitak since 2005 and Principal of VW Consulting and Manager of the Center of Project Management Competence. He holds a PhD in Economics from University of Bremen and will be handling all Operations and creating the “blue print” for Canyon’s future subsidiary international locations.

“I’ve known Blair and Thomas for some time and when they came to the forefront of our executive search, I knew they were the right fit for our company and these roles,” stated Canyon Founder & CEO, Roman Arnold. “Since 2008, Canyon international sales have surpassed German sales and our brand has continued to grow strongly across the globe. Entering the U.S. marks the next big step for Canyon, and this team will provide the right blend of experience and leadership to guide our U.S. operations.”

Canyon has also retained key staff for their logistics facility in Chino, California as well as office space in Carlsbad.

Wendy Engelberg, an IMBA Advocate and founding director of the Girlz Gone Riding women’s mountain bike club, will be Canyon USA customer service manager, bringing experience in the auto and hospitality industries.

After ten years at Oakley, Andy Ellingsen joins as purchasing manager, while Richard Wheeler, who formerly was a product quality engineer with Trek Bicycles, joins Canyon USA to lead the “final touch” assembly process.

The firm also recently announced that it has entered the children’s bike arena, giving the brand a rounded range covering the majority of key selling categories.

Continuing updates and event announcements can be found at the dedicated U.S. website online at