Black Diamond Brings on New Leadership for Business Process and Supply Chain Management

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 4, 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 kicked off 2012 with two new key hires: leading industry consultant, Walter M. Wilhelm, was appointed to the newly created position of vice president of business process, while Glenn Ritter, formerly an executive at Flextronics International Ltd., was appointed to the position of senior director of supply chain management.

Wilhelm brings more than 15 years of experience in the outdoor and action sports markets, with a focus on the development of strategic and structural plans, business process implementation, and systems integration. This has included developing product line management and enterprise resource planning systems for leading brands like Arc'Teryx, Patagonia® and Quiksilver.

"Given his strong industry background and successful track record with leading outdoor apparel brands, we believe Walter will play a key role in structuring our organization for optimal execution," stated Mark Ritchie, Black Diamond's vice president of operations. "He also has worked closely with our apparel team as a consultant, and now that we have him in-house, he can better focus our design and development groups on bringing the most innovative products to market."

As Black Diamond's new senior director of supply chain management, Glenn Ritter succeeds Ryan Gellert, who was recently promoted to Black Diamond Equipment brand president. Ritter brings more than a decade of experience in supply chain management, most recently as the supply chain director of Flextronics' Service Parts Logistics Division, where he was responsible for sites across the Americas, Europe and Asia. At Black Diamond, Ritter will be responsible for strategic vendor management, purchasing, logistics, planning and customer support functions.

"Glenn's appointment to this key position demonstrates our investment in strong talent and processes required to take our business to the next level," said Ritchie. "While both Walter and Glenn are highly experienced and capable leaders in their respective fields of expertise, they are also passionate climbers and skiers who fit perfectly into the culture of Black Diamond -- a culture that has produced iconic brands known worldwide for performance, innovation, durability and safety."

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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