Black Diamond Strengthens Executive and Equipment Team with Three Key Hires

SALT LAKE CITY, March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Diamond, Inc. (NASDAQ:BDE) (the “Company”), a global leader of innovative active outdoor performance equipment and apparel, under the brand name Black Diamond®, has appointed Robert Fry as Black Diamond Equipment vice president of merchandising, Trent Bush as Black Diamond Equipment vice president of apparel design and Radhika Ray to the newly created position of vice president of strategy and investor relations for Black Diamond, Inc.

Fry will oversee all merchandising aspects, including equipment and apparel for the global business units of climb, mountain and ski. His new role entails establishing seasonal product identities and helping drive thematic, aesthetic and technological initiatives related to product creation. Fry will also serve on Black Diamond Equipment’s executive management team.

He previously worked at Mountain Hardwear, serving as global director of product merchandising and design, overseeing outerwear, sportswear, equipment and accessories. He also served on Mountain Hardwear’s research development department across product categories, focusing on innovation, technology and merchandising strategies.

Prior to Mountain Hardwear, Fry worked as a senior product manager for the North Face. In that role, Fry managed global merchandising strategy and commercialization of its Summit Series product line. He served as both the consumer and industry-facing voice of Summit Series for web and print content and successfully instituted a brand elevating go-to-market strategy with technology suppliers such as Gore, Polartec and others. Prior to that, Fry worked as a senior product manager of outerwear for Simms Fishing Products.

“The opportunity to join Black Diamond Equipment is tremendous,” said Fry. “I am excited to collaborate with an extremely talented group of new colleagues and to continue Black Diamond Equipment’s legacy as the most innovative and core brand in the outdoor industry.”

As Black Diamond Equipment’s new apparel designer, Trent Bush will lead an apparel team that has been redesigned to more clearly focus on directly speaking to Black Diamond Equipment’s core consumer.

Bush previously worked as vice president of product and design at Mountain Hardwear. He also founded Trent Bush Design + Create, a firm designed to fit the needs of clients in the areas of apparel, industrial and graphic design, and Brandbase, the parent company of the Nomis and Technine brands, which are leaders in the youth lifestyle and snowboard markets.

Other experience includes creative manager for Burton Snowboards softgoods, as well as co-founder of Analog clothing, a leading specialty-focused snowboard and streetwear division of Burton. He has also worked on various projects with brands like Fjallraven, Outdoor Research, Hestra, Oakley, Marmot, Pearl Izumi, Vail Resorts, Nixon, Jackson Hole Resort, The Hundreds, Skullcandy, Nightmare Snowboards, and Nike/Savier footwear.

“Black Diamond Equipment is a long-admired and trusted company with an absolute commitment to design and innovation excellence,” said Bush. “I look forward to applying this same commitment and dedication to a Black Diamond apparel brand that understands the importance of authenticity as it relates to modern design and branding in today’s consumer market.”

Commenting on these appointments, President of Black Diamond Equipment John Walbrecht stated: “These hires are tremendous industry players that bolster our global operations team in key areas of focus. We look forward to their contributions having a positive impact on our strategy to reform Black Diamond Equipment back to its roots, while enhancing our brand equity through innovation in adjacent product categories.”

In addition to these Black Diamond Equipment hires, holding company Black Diamond, Inc. formed the newly created role of VP of strategy and investor relations with the appointment of Radhika Ray. Ray will leverage her background in operations and executive leadership to further streamline Black Diamond Equipment’s operations, help communicate organizational strategies to the investor community, and assist with the holding company’s redeployment and diversification strategy.

Ray joined the Company from New Avon (a Cerberus company) where she served as executive director, sales analytics and strategy. While there, she led a team across sales analytics, operations and strategy, to help transform Avon’s business by driving a culture of execution excellence.

Her affiliation with Cerberus Capital dates to 2012 where she served as an operations executive, leading deal work alongside the investment team and through interim executive roles. Such other notable interim roles include finance, strategy and operations executive for YP Holdings, a leading local marketing solutions provider in the U.S. Among other senior operations and analytical roles, Ray served as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. Ray received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA with honors from Western University’s Ivey School of Business.

About Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.

Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. is a global leader in creating innovative outdoor engineered equipment and apparel for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing and a wide range of other year-round outdoor activities. Black Diamond Equipment, and its sister brand PIEPS™, are synonymous with performance, innovation, durability and safety in the outdoor consumer community. Headquartered in Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, our products are designed and exhaustively tested by an engaged team of discerning entrepreneurs and engineers. The Black Diamond Equipment culture of precision and excellence enhance the authenticity of our brands, inspire product innovation and strengthen customer loyalty. Black Diamond Equipment's products are sold in approximately 50 countries around the world. For additional information, please visit our website at or

About Black Diamond, Inc.

Black Diamond, Inc. (Black Diamond) is a publicly-traded (NASDAQ:BDE) holding company which seeks opportunities to acquire and grow businesses that can generate durable free cash flows and attractive returns. The Company has substantial cash balances and net operating tax loss carryforwards which will be redeployed to maximize shareholder value in a diverse array of businesses. Currently, Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. is its only operating subsidiary. Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. is a manufacturer of active outdoor equipment and clothing for the climbing, skiing and mountain sports markets. For additional information, please visit our corporate website at

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Company Contact:

Warren B. Kanders
Executive Chairman
Tel 1-203-428-2000
Aaron Kuehne
Chief Administrative Officer and
Chief Financial Officer
Tel 1-801-993-1364
Radhika Ray
VP of Strategy & Investor Relations
Tel 1-646-290-0805

Investor Relations:

Cody Slach
Tel 1-949-574-3860

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