VANCOUVER, WA — Long-time industry veteran Kevin Lamar has resigned from his position as chief operations officer at The Nautilus Group Inc. Details on the events surrounding the resignation were not available at press time.

This is only part of the restructuring at the company. The recently re-elected board of directors has announced other changes it said would “drive the company's strategy to maximize its presence in the global marketplace by building brand equity and driving new business initiatives.”

Among the changes, Holly B. Valkama joined Nautilus as senior vice president of manufacturing and operations. Meanwhile, Pat A. Warner was promoted to senior vice president of product development. Other changes included Darryl K. Thomas, senior vice president for strategic planning, assuming direct responsibility for international operations in addition to the company's strategic planning role. Also, Wayne M. Bolio was promoted to senior vice president of law and general counsel from senior vice president of human resources. Tim Hawkins, chief customer officer, has been given the responsibility of customer service in addition to his sales responsibility.

“We are fortunate to have attracted such a talented group of executives. We now have the nucleus of talent to deliver upon our growth plans. We will achieve our objective of being the number one company in the health and fitness category,” said Gregg Hammann, chairman, CEO and president. “This team will lead the charge of providing superior customer service, driving innovation, improving our speed to market and delivering superior quality.”