Lids appoints Bob Durda as president
Indianapolis-based sports retailer Lids announced on Wednesday the appointment of company veteran Bob Durda as president.
Durda has been with Lids for over 13 years, including in the roles of buying director and most recently, as senior vice president of merchandising. He joined after selling Sport Fan-Attic, a company he co-founded, to Lids in 2009.
In these roles, he is credited for developing many of the company’s most successful programs including its partnership release with Major League Baseball and Big League Chew, the first-of-its-kind They Gave Us Game collection with Negro League Baseball, and more.
As president, Durda is expected to continue to drive Lids growth via brand elevation internationally and bringing best-in-class products to market. Lids is currently the largest licensed sports retailer based in North America, selling in seven countries with over 2,000 retail locations.
“It’s an exciting time for Lids, and I’m thrilled to begin my new role alongside a dynamic and supportive team,” said Durda. “Being at Lids for over a decade has given me the opportunity to leverage my expertise as both a retailer and merchant, and I now look forward to continually position the company for growth.”
Lawrence Berger, co-founder and partner at Ames Watson, owner of Lids, and chairman of FanzzLids Holdings, added: “Bob is a seasoned veteran and a brilliant creative mind. His proven track record shows that there is no one better to lead Lids and take us to the next level as a global brand.”