C.C. Filson Names Bill Kulczycki President and CEO; Doug Williams to Become Chairman of the Board

SEATTLE, Oct. 3, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Filson Holdings, Inc., parent company of C.C. Filson Company, has announced the appointment of Bill Kulczycki as President and Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Doug Williams, who becomes Chairman of the Board. Kulczycki will be based in the company's Seattle, Washington, headquarters.

"I am very proud of the Filson organization and the huge strides that we have made during the past eighteen months," Williams said. "We launched our new Lodge Collection, reinvented our online sales program and energized our catalog business while opening our second retail store in Denver, Colorado, last month."

Williams added, "We are very fortunate to have a person with Bill Kulczycki's pedigree joining Filson. He brings with him more than two decades of vision and leadership in the premium outdoor business."

Kulczycki spent the last seventeen years with Patagonia in a variety of management roles. During the last seven years, he was vice president of business development at Patagonia International, responsible for Patagonia Europe, Patagonia Japan, Patagonia International, Beneficial T's, Lotus Designs, and Water Girl USA. He was also involved in new business acquisitions.

"The Filson brand is an icon in the outdoor market with an enviable heritage of quality, performance, and integrity," Kulczycki said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to take Filson to the next level by building on the success that the team has delivered."

About C.C. Filson Company

Since 1897, C.C. Filson Company based in Seattle, Washington, is a leading manufacturer of durable men's outdoor apparel, headwear and gloves, luggage, accessories, and footwear developed specifically for the American Sportsman. Today, C.C. Filson Company also offers a casual line of clothing for the indoors -- called The Lodge Collection -- that is the company's first new clothing line in more than 100 years. It is a line that is designed to outfit the American Sportsman when he returns from the field and is of the same quality and craftsmanship that has been a C.C. Filson Company hallmark for generations. For a free mail order catalog, or for Filson dealer locations, please call 1-800-624-0201 or visit www.filson.com.

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