Katadyn North America Appoints Chris Voxland as President

November 1, 2021

30-year outdoor industry veteran Chris Voxland succeeds Shawn Hostetter as president of Katadyn North America; John Wright promoted to Vice President of Sales

ROCKLIN, California (November 1, 2021) / OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/– Continuing on a plan of measured growth, Katadyn North America appoints Chris Voxland as company president. An outdoor industry veteran with more than two decades at Katadyn, and most recently in the role of Vice President of Operations, Voxland will be stepping into the role of president to further the company’s mission and values of building product lines and managing sustainable growth in all markets.

“This is an exciting time in our company’s history as we have strategically placed an emphasis on expanding our reach to new channels, new demographics, and new markets,” said Chris Voxland, President of Katadyn North America. “I value the many years of partnership with Shawn and I wish him the best in the future. I look forward to working closely with our team to continue our passion to serve our customers and keep Katadyn a special workplace.”

Voxland succeeds Shawn Hostetter who has left Katadyn after a distinguished 20-year tenure to pursue an opportunity in the sporting goods industry and be closer to family.

In addition, Katadyn North America promotes seasoned sales professional and outdoor enthusiast John Wright to Vice President of Sales. Wright’s longstanding sales expertise will help to support the leadership transition.

A leading member of the Katadyn sales team since 2016, Wright has worked with key outdoor retail accounts and led volunteer teams to numerous post-hurricane disaster areas, deploying Katadyn group water purification solutions to provide safe water to those in need. Prior to working at Katadyn North America, Wright worked for outdoor brands, including Slumberjack, Filson, and Wisconsin Pharmacal.

As Vice President of Sales for Katadyn North America, Wright will continue to use his outdoor experience and enthusiasm to skillfully guide the company’s sales strategy during unrivaled times in the outdoor industry.

“Chris and John are an ideal team to move Katadyn forward in its goals of calculated growth, reduced environmental impact, and continuing humanitarian aid,” said Shawn Hostetter, former president of Katadyn North America. “Chris brings years of top-notch organizational leadership and operational excellence. John provides in-depth sales experience and a deep understanding of outdoor markets. This is a seasoned team of operational and sales rockstars who work well together and have for years. I’m looking forward to seeing Katadyn North America’s upward trajectory continue under their guidance.”

About The Katadyn Group:

The KATADYN GROUP is a global corporate group specialized in the area of self-sufficient nutrition and drinking water supply. Its brands include Katadyn, Trek’n Eat, AlpineAire Foods, Optimus, Pharmavoyage, Micropur, Certisil, Steripen and Spectra. With this broad brand portfolio, the group provides products and solutions for the outdoor and marine industries as well as for industrial and municipal needs. Its diverse product palette ranges from freeze-dried specialty meals and outdoor cooking gear to mobile and land-based water desalination systems and specialized disinfection systems for the industry. Indeed, humanitarian aid organizations and the military for years have been regular customers of the Swiss group of companies. With headquarters in Kemptthal (Zurich), the KATADYN GROUP employs about 200 people at its subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the United States. For additional information, please visit: katadyngroup.com/us/en.


Julie Evans
Verde Brand Communications