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Fila President, Global Chief Commercial Officer Jon Epstein Dies at 63

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at Berger Memorial Chapel in St. Louis for Jon Epstein, an experienced leader in the athletic industry, who died Friday at age 63. Epstein, president of Fila North America and global chief commercial officer, died a week after having heart surgery near his home in St. Louis. He had two winning stretches at Fila, joining the company as president in 1998 and staying through 2003. Epstein returned to the athletic brand to lead the North American business in 2007. During his first swing with the company, he signed a deal with NBA star Grant Hill, making him the frontman for the brand in the Nineties. Just last year Hill committed to a lifetime endorsement deal with Fila. In tune with the power of collaboration and in an effort to dually extend the brand’s reach to younger consumers and more affluent ones, Epstein lined up limited runs with Fendi and Urban Outfitters, among other established outlets. Fila’s chairman Gene Yoon described Epstein as a “great friend, leader and champion of the brand, not just in the U.S., but worldwide.” “His entrepreneurial spirit was a perfect match for our vision of growth, and his passion for both our heritage of

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