BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS (January 25, 2022) – Outdoor Cap announced the promotion of current Chief Sales Officer, Jeanelle Harris, MBA, to the position of President, Outdoor Cap Company effective immediately. She succeeds Jim Haworth who announced his upcoming departure from Outdoor Cap to act as Executive Chairman to NOW Diagnostics, a leader in innovative health testing.
Harris served in multiple leadership roles throughout her 17-year career in the consumer products industry, having joined Outdoor Cap in 2019 as the Senior Vice President of Retail Sales, before being named Chief Sales Officer in 2021. Prior to joining Outdoor Cap, Harris spent 14 years at Olivet International where she was an Executive Vice President overseeing Sales and Operations and President of its sustainable subsidiary, Ecotech. In her time at Outdoor Cap, she has been responsible for the successful restructuring of the Sales, Supply Chain and Customer Success departments, reorganizing them to accelerate sales, promote collaboration and prioritize the customer experience.
“Outdoor Cap is extremely fortunate to have had someone of Jeanelle’s capacity and expertise within our organization prepared to take on this role. I know she looks forward to getting started, and I am excited for the energy and vision she will bring to the total organization.” said Outdoor Cap Founder and current Chairman Paul Mahan in an announcement to employees. “I am thankful for Jim’s contributions to Outdoor Cap. He has been instrumental to expansion during his tenure, helped steady our company through a very difficult time in the world, and for that I will always be grateful. I wish him the best in his future endeavors, professionally and personally.”
Harris graduated from the University of Arkansas and John Brown University. The Arkansas native lives on a family farm with her husband and four children.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to walk alongside the Outdoor Cap teams as we lead forward based on a strong foundation set by Mr. Mahan and a trajectory of growth set in motion by Jim Haworth. I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve our customers in this elevated capacity.” Harris said.
Haworth is a long-time executive leader with 30 years of experience across a range of industries and businesses including Conn’s, Professional Bull Riders, Sears, Lotus, and Walmart.
“I’m proud of the way Outdoor Cap and the team here have responded to the challenges of the past couple years and thrived under unprecedented circumstances that came our way during my time here.” Haworth said. “Jeanelle has proven herself to be an incredible asset to Outdoor Cap and I look forward to seeing where she leads this organization in the coming years.”
Outdoor Cap Company has serviced the needs of the headwear industry for 45 years and has grown to more than 400 employees and services more than 14,000 business customers across multiple channels of distribution in the Retail, Team and Promotional Products markets. Long established as one of the largest and most respected headwear suppliers in the United States, Outdoor Cap combines work ethic and integrity with innovative resources and processes. Corporate offices are based in Bentonville, Arkansas with distribution centers and sales representatives across the United States.