Black Diamond Equipment has announced several key changes and promotions to its development teams in order to focus on future innovation across both its apparel and equipment product categories.
“We are promoting and unifying key colleagues to bring apparel and equipment closer together to fuel the creation of all Black Diamond gear,” explains Tim Bantle, Managing Director of Black Diamond Equipment. “Integrating our apparel and equipment design teams will allow us to focus on innovation holistically throughout the product development cycle.”
Doug Heinrich has been promoted to senior vice president of product. Heinrich will provide vision for product concepts and oversee development across the entire portfolio of Black Diamond apparel and equipment. Heinrich, a prolific climber and veteran of the company, has served the brand in increasing roles starting in customer service, creating the Black Diamond retail store. Heinrich’s diverse background includes having worked in senior executive roles at Patagonia and Icon Fitness. Most recently at Black Diamond, Heinrich served as the vice president of equipment.
“Product is the soul of Black Diamond,” states Heinrich. “Our pedigree of innovative products and technologies such as the Camalot, HotWire, Portaledge, AvaLung, Z-Pole, Magnetron, FlickLock®, JetForce and most recently the PIEPS Pocket all reflect our company’s passion for the sports we serve. This intimacy is Black Diamond’s alchemy. It will continue to provide us with insight for future innovation.”
Heinrich will be supported in product development with a cross-functional, multi-disciplined team that spans the full spectrum of the product cycle. Bill Belcourt, a respected alpinist and longtime Black Diamond Equipment advocate, will serve in the new role of director of R&D for both apparel and equipment. Kasey Jarvis, who worked in the auto industry at GM and more recently at Nike in the Innovation Kitchen will lead both apparel and equipment design. The European Product Director Thomas Hodel will work closely with the US team on both the equipment and apparel categories.
Further enabling an atmosphere focused on product innovation, Black Diamond Equipment will complete its ongoing repatriation initiative, moving its manufacturing capabilities back to Salt Lake City headquarters this summer.