Black Diamond Strengthens Senior Global Operations and Sales Teams With Four
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Diamond, Inc.
(Nasdaq:BDE) (the "Company" or "Black Diamond"), a leading global provider of
outdoor recreation equipment and active lifestyle products, has filled four
newly created positions to bolster its operational and sales teams, both
domestically and internationally.
"These four exceptional new hires mark the culmination of our two-year process
to invest in the people necessary to support our global platform," said Peter
Metcalf, President and CEO of Black Diamond.
Olav Nietzer – Director of European Sales, Black Diamond Equipment
Swiss national Olav Nietzer has been appointed to the newly created position
of director of European sales for Black Diamond Equipment. Nietzer's sales
experience includes director of European sales for Burton, Red and Anon, where
he was specifically responsible for apparel and winter sports hard goods.
Prior to that, he held various positions at Johnson & Johnson, UBS and Credit
Suisse. Nietzer is an avid off-piste skier, mountaineer and outdoorsman, and
will be based in Black Diamond's Basel, Switzerland offices.
Andrew Campbell – European Financial Controller, Black Diamond
Black Diamond welcomes Andrew Campbell to the newly created position of
European financial controller for Black Diamond. A dual citizen of Australia
and France, Campbell previously served as the finance and human resource
director for Pure Fishing, a subsidiary of the Jarden Corporation, as well as
various positions at Patagonia Europe and Price Waterhouse Coopers Australia.
Colin Israel – PLM Global Integration Coordinator, Black Diamond
Colin Israel has been hired as Black Diamond's product lifecycle management
(PLM) global integration coordinator. Israel's previous work experience
includes senior director of information technology for Volcom North America
and senior manager for Deloitte & Touche's North American controls assurance.
He also served in various positions within consulting and enterprise risk
services for Deloitte & Touche in Paris, France.
Martijn Linden – Design Director of Apparel, Black Diamond Equipment
Martijn Linden has joined Black Diamond Equipment as the design director of
apparel. Linden's prior experience includes senior European design positions
at O'Neill and Rip Curl, as well as various creative roles with Quiksilver and
Patagonia in North America. Dutch-born Linden will be based in Salt Lake City,
Utah to support the fall 2013 global apparel launch and lead the creation of
future collections. Linden is a backcountry snowboarder, ultra runner and
mountain sports enthusiast.
Metcalf concluded: "Our success is built upon innovation derived from the
complete and deep understanding of the markets we serve, and each of these
individuals brings significant experience to help lead our company. These new
positions also complete a global initiative to augment our senior management
with an eye towards cultural and language diversity. I am confident these new
hires will help our organization advance towards our boldly envisioned
About Black Diamond, Inc.
Black Diamond, Inc. is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and
marketing of innovative active outdoor performance products for climbing,
mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, cycling and other outdoor recreation
activities for a wide range of year-round use. The Company's principal brands,
Black Diamond®, Gregory™, POC™ and Pieps™, are iconic in the active outdoor
industry and linked intrinsically with the modern history of these sports.
Black Diamond is synonymous with performance, innovation, durability and
safety that the outdoor and action sport communities rely on and embrace in
their active lifestyle. Headquartered in Salt Lake City at the base of the
Wasatch Mountains, the Company's products are created and tested on some of
the best alpine peaks, slopes, crags, roads and trails in the world. These
close connections to the Black Diamond lifestyle enhance the authenticity of
the Company's brands, inspire product innovation and strengthen customer
loyalty. The Company's products are sold by leading specialty retailers in the
U.S. and 50 countries around the world. For additional information, please
visit the Company's websites at www.blackdiamond-inc.com,
www.blackdiamondequipment.com, www.gregorypacks.com, www.pocsports.com or
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CONTACT: Company Contact:
Warren B. Kanders
Chief Executive Officer
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