Our Team

All highly motivated outdoor people specialised in their skills and often found playing in the wild.


Andi Brun
President of the board
Andi, founder and owner of Exped, the visionary in the background. More

Andi founded Exped 30 years ago together with his wife Heidi after coming back from their 2 year trip mostly in the Canadian wilderness and a short stint at an outdoor retailer in Zurich. As a gear and computer freak with a keen eye for detail, he is responsible for all things around innovation and production, especially for his own gear categories like mats, hammocks, bivy bags and ponchos. And together with Betti takes care of all things digital and our IT systems. He is an avid outdoor professional and has now added kite surfing on water and snow to his outdoor activities of choice.

Heidi Brun
President of the board
Heidi, founder and co-owner, runs the shop, was responsible for our sleeping bag categorie and looks after the team. More

Rumor has it that Heidi, Andis wife, is the Exped mama. Truth is, it’s true. As longterm General Manager all issues big and small flew through her hands. She spent months in the Canadian wilderness and later on an uninhabited island in the Great Barrier Reef together with her husband before founding Exped. Nowadays she and Andi disappear off to Asia in the winter months to supervise production of the Exped products. In between productions they head for Vietnam and the neighboring countries with their canoe and hammocks.


Corporate Management

Betti Frangi
Marketing | Finance | IT
Betti is responsible for Digital Marketing, but also does her share as Product Manager and last but not least as our computer doctor. More

She started off in sales at an outdoor retailer, than worked as a rep. and in-house for Wild Roses, one of the first women’s only outdoor brand. She went then on to sharpened her skills in various communications and marketing departments.

Her numerous intrepid tandem trips to far corners of the world took place a while back, but now she enjoys time with her family in Scandinavia and Central Europe. She also climbs, in the gym for workout and outdoors for pleasure.

Hubi Rutishauser
Sales | Logistics
Hubi supports our growing number of distributors worldwide as International Sales Manager, and also organizes our tradeshow presence. More

Hubi is our travel expert and has probably been to most places in the world either on foot or on the back of some truck, bus or boat. He seems to like the more exotic destinations like Tajikistan, unusual locomotion like a rubber dinghy or cooks on a „super-fast“ stove à la Hubi: a candle. So sometimes it takes a bit longer for him to turn up again, as his longest non-stop trip took a mere 3 years.

He grew up in different countries but always went to American schools so we use him as translator.

Marc Raillard
Innovation | Product Management | HR
Marc designs and develops our backpack and drybag lines. More

As father of two, rock and snow junkie and mountain biker he’s always out to find the right work and life balance. If his not out chasing the powder in winter and leaving chalk trails in the rocks during summer Marc develops our backpacks and drybags. Marc joined Exped back in 1992 as buyer and then became product developer in 2001.


Product Management

Eicke Thiele
Innovation Sleeping bags
Eicke is responsible for sleeping bag innovation and management. More

When Eicke was diagnosed with achrophobia (irrational fear of heights), he wasn't too concerned as he originates from northern Germany where vertical heights are rare and the dikes not very steep. So as long as its nice and flat he enjoys kite surfing, winter trekking in Lappland or just being outdoors. And of course rides his bike to work.



Lukas Bertschi
Innovation tents and tarps
Lukas is our innovation and product manager for the tent and tarp categories. More

As an avid outdoor enthusiast and mountainbiker Lukas enjoys and spends a lot of time outdoors. Loves to spend nights out in tents, test new products and adapt them himself to his needs. Lukas is an industrial designer by trade and a natural born tinkerer.


Lukas Bertschi, Innovation tents and tarps
Matthew Morrissey
Innovation Mats
Mat is our innovation and product manager for the mats. More

Mat found his way to Exped after working as a scientist testing and developing performance clothing and technical textiles. He enjoys rolling or sliding down mountains in both summer and winter whether by skis, snowboard or mountain bike. If there is really no option to use a lift he has also been known to climb or ski tour up them, too. When the snow is melting and the trails are too wet, he can also be found on, in, and sometimes under the water – be it with white water kayak, kite board or fishing waders.

Matthew Morrissey, Innovation mats
Muriel Weber
Innovation Rucksäcke, Packsäcke
Muriel develops our pack range together with Marc. More

During her studies as an industrial designer she started climbing, mountaineering and ski touring intensively. This led to her positive monkey-index (arm reach longer than body height). In the meantime, as mother of two kids, her priorities have shifted to more mundane things like camping, damming creeks and building fires. Her expertise in backpacks comes from personal use and years of professional experience as a pack designer.



Muriel Weber, Innovation packs and drybags

Customer Service / Repairs

Bea Hager
Customer Service
Bea is responsible for Customer Service together with Gabriela, but also helps out with accounting and makes sure we don’t run out of office utensils. More

Bea is a Canada and Scandinavia fan and enjoys her relaxing holidays up in the north and its nature, people and language. Since going on dog sledge tours in Finland and Sweden through the beautiful snowy landscapes she has a fascination for huskies and wolves. In winter you will find indoors playing curling and in the summer outdoors possibly with her saxophone.

Bea Hager, Customer Service


Claudia Groh
Sales Rep. CH-West (F) and Tessin
She support’s, visits and holds products clinics for our clients in the French and Italian speaking parts of Switzerland. More

Claudia gehört zum "Urgestein" der Exped und hat die Westschweiz schon von 1989 bis 1997mit viel Power und Leidenschaft betreut. Nach 12-jährigem Unterbruch stand sie zu unserer Freude wieder auf der Matte und bereist die Fachhändler in der Swiss romande sowie das Tessin.
Claudia is an Exped veteran and had her first tour of duty as rep. between 1989 and 1997. She then took a 12 year sabbatical and came back full of energy to support her clients with fervor.

Claudia Groh, Sales

Marketing / Backoffice

Barbara Homberger
Barbara is responsible for our accounting and financial planning. More

Our accounts are in her firm hands and all aspects of our finances under her sharp eyes. Here a little taste: as Hubi went off on his vacations to Tajikistan she told him loud and clearly that she would not pay ransom – no matter what!

It’s more than a hobby when she spends her time off travelling around with her three cycle road racing sons supporting them wherever she can.

Kurt Gerber
He is responsible here at Exped for sponsorship, PR, advertising, images, desktop publishing, and also does his share on our web presence and the Exped blog. More

Kurt has his roots in alpine sports activities: be it the high peaks in our Swiss Alps, or some in South America and Asia, Kurt has climbed many and trekked and ski toured to countless others. But he also seems to enjoy the lower altitudes of the Far East, since he met his German wife in Thailand. He may not be as active anymore in the vertical world but still enjoys getting out there and engaging in all kinds of outdoor activities.

Kurt Gerber, Marketing

Exped LLC - USA

Alex Kim
Customer Service Specialist
Alex is the guy you'll most likely talk with at Exped USA. He works with Dave to make sure our customers get the best service possible. More

Originally from southern California, Alex is enjoying the Seattle area and, like his Exped USA team members, he's an all-around outdoor enthusiast. Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, cycling and skiing are certainly on his list of endeavors. And he plays a mean game of ping pong! The rest of the team is looking forward to introducing Alex to the legendary Seattle rain.

Annica Lassesen
Warranty Service Specialist
Annica is the repair guru and occasional miracle worker when it comes to fixing Exped products. More

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Annica immigrated to Washington at age 16. She was an active member of Girl Guides of Canada for ten years until her move, at which time she started volunteering with Washington Search and Rescue. After years of sleeping in the snow, she one day discovered the DownMat, and her life has never been the same. She loves to backpack, hike, snowshoe, cycle and kayak on her PNW adventures -- in a skirt where possible.

Dave Perella
Director of Operations
Dave's job is the hub of the Exped USA wheel. He makes sure our products are ready to go when orders come in and sets the bar very high in customer service. More

Dave is hard to keep up with at work and at play. As a year-round cyclist in Seattle, Dave pedals many miles in the rain - and likes it! He's also a backpacker, paddler, skier, and he's a big fan of the Exped Chair Kit.

Eric Downing
Director of Marketing and Technology
Eric is EXPED USA’s chief marketing strategist and oversees the wide array of assets and relationships the company relies upon, both internal and external. More

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Eric is the quintessential family man and can often be found chasing his kids around in the outdoors. He's a backpacker, hiker, Nordic and AT skier, photographer, trail runner and paddler. These days his favorite piece of Exped gear might very well be the cathedral-like Ursa VI tent - one room for kids, the other for parents!

Josh Espinosa
Director of Business Development
With his finger on the pulse of our business strategy and our finances, Josh is the guy who makes sure we can keep the lights on and pay for coffee. More

Josh is Mr. Bike right now: road bike, mountain bike, touring bike, tandem. Bikes. But that doesn't stop him from skiing and backpacking when he's out of the saddle. Josh can also be found (or not found) traveling the world on a regular basis .

Kaj Bune
Content and PR Manager
Getting the EXPED message out is what keeps Kaj (rhymes with "sky") busy. More

Kaj's love of adventure includes paddling, backcountry skiing, cycling, and mountaineering - and photographing all of the above. He does his best to record his impressions of the world at www.kaj-bune-photography.com.

Kevin Pelto
Finance Analyst
Working as our Finance Analyst, Kevin makes sure that people are happy (HR) and accounted (accounting) for. More

Working as our Finance Analyst, Kevin makes sure that people are happy (HR) and accounted (accounting) for. He has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 20 years, and has seen teal blue colors go out of style and come back again. When out of the office, Kevin and his family hike throughout the Cascades.

Nick Swan
Sales Coordinator
Nick works closely with Ted in our Sales Department. More

Nick is our Sales Coordinator and brings a wealth of outdoor experiences to the job. Snowboarding, hiking, cycling, mountaineering, fishing, and rock climbing are among his favorite things, so he's a great fit with the rest of the Exped team. As a Seattle area native he's a great source of many secret spots in our nearby wild country.

Ted Steudel
President / Director of Sales
Ted spends his days making sure that the best specialty outdoor shops in the USA are carrying our gear. Additionally, Ted is our main liaison with our partners in the Zurich office. More

Ted is a family man, chicken farmer, boat builder, skier, hiker, and a lifelong paddler. And don’t forget about his fondness for debating the nuances of outdoor gear! His relationship with Exped goes back many years and he’s committed to converting the world to sleeping in Dreamwalker sleeping bags.