Avid climber & snowboarder, Ryan Gellert, joins Patagonia from Black Diamond, Inc.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 November, 2014 - Patagonia today welcomes Ryan Gellert as its new General Manager in Europe, responsible for the company’s growing business across European markets as well as the Middle East.
Gellert comes to Patagonia from Black Diamond, Inc., where he spent 15 years in various roles, including Brand President, VP of Supply Chain Management and Managing Director of Black Diamond Asia. He’s an avid climber and backcountry snowboarder, having climbed & ridden throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, the Middle East and South Africa, and he currently serves on the boards of the Access Fund and Protect Our Winters.
“We have a strong and dedicated team of people working in Europe and Ryan is a natural fit to move our business forward,” said Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario.
Gellert takes over from Stefan Whalen, who led Patagonia’s European business for two years, including the recent restructuring.
“Stefan played a crucial role in helping to build a stronger foundation for Patagonia Europe over the last two years,” said Collins. “He managed the company through the transition to our new Amsterdam headquarters, while growing our business and brand presence across the EU. We’re grateful for Stefan’s efforts and dedication during his time with Patagonia