Black Diamond, Inc. promoted Mark Ritchie to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO), where he joins CFO Robert Peay and CEO Peter Metcalf as one of the three senior executive officers. The company also disclosed several other promotions and hires aimed at supporting its growth, including its Fall 2013 launch of its first apparel line.
For nearly 20 years, Ritchie has thoughtfully led and innovated the global operational platform that supports the complex, yet highly efficient modern businesses of Black Diamond Equipment, Gregory Mountain Products and now, POC.
Additionally, Black Diamond promoted Zach Posner to VP of information technologies. In less than two years, Posner has transformed IT at Black Diamond to better serve the global organization. Wim de Jager has been promoted to managing director of Black Diamond Equipment Asia. Formerly director of operations at BD Asia, de Jager will now lead all manufacturing and distribution activities at Black Diamond’s subsidiary in Zhuhai, China.
Black Diamond also welcomes new hires Laura Deuser, Joe Moak and Sven Mostoegl to several newly created positions.
“With this strong class of new positions, promotions and hires,” Metcalf said, “we continue to evolve our structure, strengthen our team and advance those who have displayed leadership qualities capable of driving this organization forward to our boldly envisioned future.”