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SALT LAKE CITY, September 21, 2021 – Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climb, ski, and mountain sports equipment, is pleased to announce key promotions to its senior leadership team in Black Diamond’s sales and operations divisions. Industry veteran Brian Block was appointed to vice-president of sales for North America, while eleven-year Black Diamond employee Fabian Garza was named vice-president of operations.
“Brian’s 29 years of industry experience, penchant for building relationships and passion for climbing and the sports that BD serves, are obvious merits for this role. He’s always moving and therefore the perfect person to lead sales for Black Diamond North America,” states John Walbrecht, president of Black Diamond Equipment. “Fabian has been instrumental in solidifying a strong and dynamic supply chain, improved demand planning processes and systems across our entire organization. Most notable, is the way he along with the rest of our supply chain, sourcing, logistics, manufacturing, and warehouse teams have led us through the unprecedented challenges associated with COVID-19.”
After working at Petzl as its sport division manager from 2015-2017, Block joined the Black Diamond team in 2017 where most recently he has been serving as the director of national accounts for North America including managing relationships with key partners REI and MEC. In his new position, Block will support Black Diamond’s overall business with an emphasis on improved alignment in sales and distribution to better service its existing customer base.
With over six years of experience across planning, manufacturing, quality, maintenance, warehousing and logistics, Garza joined Black Diamond in 2010 after having served at Gregory Mountain Products since 2004. Garza started as a procurement manager and quickly ascended into the position of director of global supply chain and demand planning. With his new responsibilities, Garza will oversee the sourcing, planning, execution, and distribution of global inventory for Black Diamond Equipment, Black Diamond Europe and Pieps Austria.
“Great teams build great brands,” adds Walbrecht. “We are excited to have both Brian and Fabian join Black Diamond’s senior leadership team.”
About Black Diamond Equipment
Black Diamond Equipment is a manufacturer of equipment and clothing for climbing, skiing and mountain sports. By consistently building innovative, standard-setting products and actively preserving the mountain/canyon environment, Black Diamond Equipment has assumed a leadership role in the international outdoor community. For more information on Black Diamond Equipment, visit BlackDiamondEquipment.com