SALT LAKE CITY, UT (April 25, 2023) — Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high performance outdoor equipment, apparel and footwear, has appointed Heath Christensen as vice president of North American sales.
“It’s a big win to have Heath returning to Black Diamond to lead our sales efforts,” states Neil Fiske, brand president for Black Diamond Equipment. “He is one of the most respected leaders in our industry and his return is a testament to his deep connection to and passion for our brand. Heath’s experience, knowledge and understanding of Black Diamond will allow us to focus, energize and accelerate our initiatives to grow North America.”
Christensen’s experience spans a career in sales leadership which includes previous roles at Black Diamond, Petzl and most recently Cotopaxi, where he formed Cotopaxi’s first wholesale team and helped grow its small direct to consumer company to a recognizeable global brand in North America, Europe and Asia. From 2015 to 2017, Christensen served as the director of sales for North America at Black Diamond, leading strategic business plans for the region’s wholesale and pro channels. He also led sales operations and key accounts from 2005 to 2014. Additonally, he served at Petzl America as sport division manager where he managed top line revenue and its sales force in North America. In his new role as VP of North American sales at Black Diamond, Christensen will lead all sales and market development for the region and report to Fiske.
“The opportunity at Black Diamond is tremendous,” comments Christensen. “I am excited to return, collaborate with trusted friends and continue to build BD as a brand with limitless potential.”
Christensen is a passionate climber and snowboarder, both of which brought him to Utah, and ultimately Black Diamond at 18 years old. He received his BS in Sociology from the the University of Utah in 1999 and a Business Leadership Certificate from Westminster College in 2013.
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