Kirk is a passionate environmental activist, a leader in corporate social responsibility in the outdoor industry, and a longtime ONDA board member.
After more than 25 years at Nike, Kirk joined KEEN as the company’s CEO in 2006 and pushed the then-young company into a respected place in the highly competitive world of outdoor footwear. After serving as general manager at Columbia Sportswear footwear, interim president of Columbia subsidiary Mountain Hardwear, and business development director at Montrail, Richardson returned to KEEN to serve as their sustainability director. In 2016, he was instrumental in KEEN’s “Live Monumental” campaign.
In recognition of his career-long contributions, Kirk received Oregon Natural Desert Association’s Alice Elshoff Desert Conservation Award in 2016.