An adventurer and executive, Kenneth “Hap” Klopp has run numerous companies and spoken around the world on branding, adventuring, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
In 1968, Hap founded The North Face, where he served as President and CEO for over 20 years. Under his direction, The North Face established its position as the largest, best-managed, and most technically advanced company in the sports apparel space, and permanently shaped the mountaineering and backpacking industry.
After selling The North Face, Hap launched the international management consulting firm HK Consulting, specializing in strategy, marketing and sales for sports, apparel, and financial services companies. As a consultant, he has advised such diverse companies as 37.5 by Cocona, Helly Hansen, Reebok, d3o, Mission Athletecare, Royal Robbins, Merrill Lynch, and Paramount Pictures.
Hap Klopp is the author of two highly acclaimed books on leadership, Conquering The North Face: An Adventure in Leadership and ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing a Silicon Valley Dream. He also lectures on branding, entrepreneurship, and global product development at various graduate business schools including Stanford, University of California, Hult University, and the University of San Francisco.