Roots Canada names new chief executive and chief financial officer

TORONTO – Roots Canada has named a new person to the top job at the clothing company.

The Toronto-based apparel brand says Jim Gabel has been appointed to the position of president and chief executive.

Gabel was most recently president at The Performance Group of Wolverine World Wide, which managed the athletic and outdoor shoe brands Saucony and Merrell. Before that, he was with Adidas Group and Reebok North America.

Roots says Jim Rudyk will be the company’s new chief financial officer. Rudyk comes from Shred-It, an international paper-shredding company.

Both Gabel and Rudyk assumed their new roles as of Feb. 24.

Founded in 1973, Roots Canada has 245 stores in Canada, the U.S. and Asia.