Black Diamond Builds Apparel Team to Support Long-Term Growth

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Diamond, Inc. (Nasdaq:BDE) (the "Company" or "Black Diamond"), a leading provider of outdoor recreation equipment and active lifestyle products, has made several new hires as it builds out its new apparel design and development team.

"We continue to invest in the people and processes needed to drive our business forward and achieve our key strategic objectives," stated Peter Metcalf, president and CEO of Black Diamond.

Black Diamond welcomes industry veteran Cheryl Knopp as the design lead for the Company's apparel initiative. Knopp's experience includes working as a freelance designer for Mountain Hardwear and Simms Fishing Products, consulting for W.L. Gore & Associates, and serving as the vice president of product development for Arc'teryx Equipment. Knopp will direct a team of designers including Damien Kelly, Jenny Grad and Teri Davis. The new Black Diamond apparel team possesses diverse and deep experience inside many industry-leading brands.

"Apparel is a major global initiative for Black Diamond, with the launch slated for Fall 2013," noted Tim Bantle, the Company's director of apparel. "We are assembling a team of talented individuals. They represent the key components of design, sourcing and materials innovation that will drive our apparel business forward in the years ahead."

Ajay Badiga joins Black Diamond as its director of sourcing and development for apparel. Badiga brings 20 years of experience in the apparel business, with the last 10 of his 15 years with The Sports Authority serving as its director of sourcing and development managing outerwear, sportswear and athletic apparel.

Also joining the team as Black Diamond's vice president of engineering support services is Jeff Nash, the former director of material development at The North Face ("TNF"). As the lead subject matter expert for materials innovation, supply chain and sustainability at TNF, Nash served as vice chair for the American Society for Testing and Materials Subcommittee on Camping Softgoods and contributed regularly to the Outdoor Industry Association Eco Working Group. Nash was instrumental in the implementation and adoption of bluesign® certification in the TNF supply chain.

According to Mark Ritchie, vice president of operations for Black Diamond: "Ajay and Jeff bring deep expertise in sourcing, material development and engineering that will be incremental to our platform services group. Their energies will be primarily directed towards the establishment of an industry-leading product and materials development function in support of our apparel initiative. This will augment what is already an industry-leading hardware design, development and manufacturing function that has been and will continue to be the cornerstone of our success."

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 and other active outdoor recreation activities for a wide range of year-round use. The Company's principal brands, Black Diamond® and Gregory™, 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 climbing, mountaineering, skiing and backpacking 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, crags 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 40 countries around the world. For additional information, please visit the Company's websites at,, or

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