Vice President, Global Operations
In the footwear industry for 15 years, Mike Gavle, vice president of global operations at Rockport, is an enlisted veteran of the US Air Force, with a B.S. in entrepreneurial studies from Black Hills State University. Beginning his footwear career as a warehouse supervisor at Chaco and eventually becoming director of operations with the brand, Gavle was awarded Chaco Employee of the Year in 2007. Following the acquisition of Chaco in 2009, he led Logistics and Compliance functions at Wolverine Worldwide, including rapid integration activities associated with the acquisition of the Performance and Lifestyle Group in 2013. For his role leading the business through the network disruptions associated with the West Coast labor negotiations, Gavle received the Chairman’s Award in 2015. Beginning in the fall of 2015, he led successful turnaround efforts in Global Logistics and Compliance at Crocs. In August 2018, Gavle joined Rockport where he now leads global operations.