Cascade Designs has announced that company Founder, John Burroughs, will be leaving his post as Chairman of the Board after 46 years of company leadership. Current company President, David Burroughs, will fill his father’s position as the new Chairman of the Board.
John, 82, an accomplished mountaineer and world traveller, founded Cascade Designs in 1972 and has led the company to include a collection of award-winning brands including Therm-a-Rest, Mountain Safety Research (MSR), Platypus, SealLine and PackTowl.
“I am proud of our accomplishments over the years and that our products have been an integral part of the outdoor experience for so many people around the world,” said John. “The future success and growth of Cascade Designs is assured by its continuation of what we set out to do nearly 50 years ago: create innovative, quality solutions to real-world needs. As users of these products ourselves, we are our own customer.”
John’s decision to step down from his role after nearly fifty years comes as a natural transition for the private, family-owned company as it continues its leadership in the industry and dedication to its customers, suppliers and employees. The company will continue its commitment to manufacturing in market to ensure supreme quality control and to bolster the in-market workforce.
John will remain on the board of directors. David Burroughs will take on his father’s position as the new Chairman of the Board as part of the planned transition for the family business. David has been with Cascade Designs for 14 years where he worked as VP, Strategic Business Development before becoming President in 2016. David has been an active member of the board of directors since 2004, but his involvement with the company started long ago when he helped to package Therm-a-Rest products in his youth.