ABOUT US - OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Leaders of our people and our business,
guiding the way on the Vionic adventure.

They are people who care about this journey
and want to take it together.

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
EVP Global
Brand Architect
EVP Global Sales Architect
Vice President
Talent & Culture
Vice President Product
Direction & Creative
Chris Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Gallagher was born in Queensland, Australia and still owns a property in Byron Bay, a beachside town north of Sydney on the Eastern-most point of the Australian coastline. He moved to Marin County, California in 2008 and has since relocated to Boca Raton, Florida in 2011.

Gallagher has gained more than 25 years of experience in Footwear Retail and Wholesale since beginning his career as a trainee manager of Williams shoe stores in Australia. He grew through the ranks so quickly that by the age of 30, he became the General Manager of the company he began working with at 17. Around the same time, the company went public on the Australian stock exchange and Gallagher was part of the leadership team that grew the share price from $1 to $6.40 at the time of his departure four years later.

After joining Vasyli - now called Vionic Group - in 2004, he hasn't looked back. Gallagher is very passionate about footwear and loves reading the life-changing reviews that consumers write about Orthaheel Technology. "I am very passionate about our culture at Vionic and love seeing our team develop, growing into higher roles and positions that maybe they never thought would be possible."

Chris loves the ocean and walking along the beach, feeling the earth on his feet. He also likes to go boating and his favorite restaurant by far is Picco at Larkspur in Marin County north of San Francisco. "Great organic food straight from local farms to the table."

Bruce Campbell
Chief Operating Officer

Born in Sydney, Australia, Bruce Campbell has also lived in London, Bahamas, Florida and Illinois, and now resides in California. Bruce has been instrumental to the company’s successful global expansion. He has worked with the Vasyli family and Orthaheel Technology for nearly 20 years, serving in a variety of roles that gave him insights to all aspects of the business, ranging from the clinical applications to the back-end research, development, testing, manufacturing and delivery of products.

For 10 years Bruce traveled and lived internationally as he established Vasyli global distribution networks and drove business development. He assisted with the development and launch of the Vasyli Medical line to health care providers and the Orthaheel brand to pharmacies and specialty retailers. Recognizing the importance of education to the company’s success and mission, he helped pioneer the Vasyli educational programs. In 2003 Bruce returned to Australia to restructure the business for growth and expansion, which led to the recruiting of a world-class management team, strengthening the company’s sales, marketing and distribution efforts, and securing a global supply chain. Bruce opened the U.S. office in 2005 and as Chief Operations Officer he now oversees the company’s finance and operations areas.

Prior to joining Vasyli, Bruce held sales and marketing positions in the mining and consumer goods industries. He earned Diplomas in Finance, Sales and Marketing from the Australian Institute of Management.

Bruce currently lives with his wife and son in Marin County, California. He loves being active outdoors, is passionate about locally sourced food and wine, and loves living in the Bay Area.

Steve Furtado
Chief Financial Officer

Steve Furtado joined Vionic Group in 2013 with more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished financial management and strategic planning professional. Steve combines his financial expertise with a unique passion for organizational performance and culture, and for seeing individuals succeed.

Prior to joining Vionic Group, Steve served in the Chief Financial Officer role for Nelson Family of Companies, LEMO USA (a global manufacturer of electronic and fiber optic connectors) and Birkenstock USA. He has also served as financial manager for a number of small, medium and large high-tech firms including ESL, Apple Computer and Powis Parker.

Steve has a Master of Science in Finance from Golden Gate University, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Santa Clara University. Steve enjoys traveling and has a particular palette for wine varietals from Southern Europe.

Connie X Rishwain
President

Connie X Rishwain is Vionic's President of global business, overseeing product, marketing and sales at Vionic. She also serves on the company's Board of Directors.

A veteran of the footwear industry, Rishwain served as President of UGG since 2003, utilizing her leadership and strategic vision to drive the company's growth from a $10 million niche surf brand into a $1.5 billion global lifestyle brand. Prior to that she held other senior roles at Deckers (UGG, Teva and Simple brands), Impo International and Nine West Group. Rishwain also sits on the board of K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations) – Fashion Delivers, and was recently elected to the Board of Regents of University of Pacific.

"Vionic has the opportunity to become our consumer's go-to brand for all of the events in her life," says Rishwain, whose love for shoes was sparked by her college job as an assistant shoe buyer at a department store. Rishwain believes that creating a "fuller brand experience" will be key to growing sales, and plans on helping Vionic to expand its product categories and increase international business.

Lisa Bazinet
EVP Global Brand Architect

Born in Auburn, CA, Lisa attended college in Southern California and also lived in Boston area for five years. Now back to the North Bay area, she loves living in San Francisco.

Lisa began her career in the fast-paced advertising agency world at DDB Needham and has since been on the client side. She enjoyed rapid growth phases at Birkenstock and Rockport footwear, and she’s also worked for brands in the personal care, sleepwear and semiconductor businesses.

Lisa is passionate about brands – finding their personalities and bringing them to life in a way that resonates with consumers. Outside of the office, she loves exploring the great outdoors with her family, whether it’s skiing, hiking or a walk on the beach. Quite the outdoorswoman, rumor also has it she learned how to ride a dirt bike at the age of six.

Steve Mabb
EVP Global Sales Architect

Steve was born in Nambour, Australia, and has lived in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia, and now the San Francisco Bay Area for the past seven years. Quite the traveler, he has also visited more than 30 countries for both pleasure and business in the past decade.

His career began in footwear retail before moving to the wholesale side with Rockport, where he became the National Sales Director for Australia and New Zealand before joining Vasyli (now Vionic Group) about 10 years ago. Steve loves footwear and especially the focus on sell-through success with the products that Vionic Group brings to all its retail partners.

Always on the go, Steve has three kids under the age of seven that keep him and his wife very busy outside of work. He loves cricket and rugby, two big sports in Australia. As a matter of fact, he played soccer for his state in the national competition in Australia. However, on a softer note, he was nicknamed “Wailsy” as a baby. Allegedly, he was a very good crier!

Elizabeth Romanoff
Vice President, Talent and Culture

Born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, Elizabeth began her career in Human Resources while attending UC Berkeley. As a student, she accepted an internship with Smith & Hawken and chose to stay for more than five years where she worked in both HR and Retail Operations. She has worked with businesses of all sizes and phases of growth, including Straus Family Creamery, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Starbucks.

While continuing to grow in the HR field, Elizabeth also expanded her expertise in Human Resources and Sustainability. She received the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) distinction and a Certificate in Sustainable Practices from Dominican University.

Elizabeth enjoys making jewelry, hiking and skiing, and tasting the fruits of Sonoma and Napa Valley vineyards. She has recently learned to surf and is learning to ski backwards. She married her high school sweetheart and they have a daughter.

David Warwick
Vice President, Product Direction & Creative

Dave was born in Sydney, Australia and has traveled extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, the UK and Asia. He now resides in Marin County, California.

An asset to the rapidly growing Vionic brand, he offers expertise gained from more than 25 years of experience in the footwear industry, spanning from product design, pattern cutting, production and commercialization through to the wholesale and retail side of the business.

Career aside, Dave loves to fly. He's flown at 60,000 feet and twice the speed of sound (after being upgraded to the Concorde when they were still in service).