Kelty this week tapped Gail Ross as their new Backpack Product Manager. Ross joins Kelty from her post as Director of Development for Mountainsmith and 105 Meridien, and brings nearly 20 years of relevant experience to the position. In her new role, Ross will oversee design, production and product development for Kelty's largest, best-known and most established line.

“For the devoted core user as well as the casual afternoon enthusiast, backpacks are the heart of the Kelty brand,” said Casey Sheahan, President of Kelty. “In searching for a new product manager, we knew we had to find someone that could respect and grow the Kelty backpack tradition while injecting his or her own style into the line. Gail's rich production background made her an exceptional candidate, and we're extremely pleased to have her join our team.”

Ross' background includes product development, production and design work with some of the most influential and innovative brands in the outdoor world, including Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs, The North Face, Title 9 Sports, Erickson Outdoors, 3M, Hard Corps Sports and others.