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Industry veteran Jim Osgood named new President of North America and Pacific Rim for Cascade Designs

March 25, 2021

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Alexa McRoberts
Verde Brand Communications


Cascade Designs; the parent company of Therm-a-Rest, MSR, Platypus, SealLine, PackTowl and Varilite; is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Osgood as the organization’s newest President of North America and the Pacific Rim (N.A.P.R.). Osgood will bring more than 30 years of executive leadership, strategy, and operations experience to the position, which begins Monday, March 29th. 

Osgood previously served as CEO, President and Board Chairman of Klean Kanteen. Before his time at Klean Kanteen, Osgood founded Slickrock Concepts, a product strategy and development firm in Denver, CO.  His broad range of experience, positions him to serve Cascade Designs well in this critical role. Osgood puts the utmost emphasis on promoting responsible business practices, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 1% for the Planet. 1% for the Planet is a non-profit organization whose members donate 1% of annual sales to fund diverse nonprofits focused on solving environmental issues.   Jim is also an avid skier, snowboarder, cyclist and triathlete – all of which add relevant personal experience to his new role at Cascade. 

“We could not be more excited to welcome Jim to the Cascade Designs family,” said James Cotter, CEO of Cascade Designs. “His wealth of career knowledge and experience across a range of industries will enable him to offer a diverse and nuanced perspective to help support and grow Cascade Designs presence in the N.A.P.R markets. With a focus on made in market manufacturing and a pursuit of excellent service , we see Jim building on the strengths of the Cascade Designs brands and people. We feel very fortunate to work with him, and anticipate a seamless transition into the role.”

“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented team and passion driven brands,” said Osgood. “I’ve long admired Cascade Designs’ ethos and history, and I’m proud to now help maintain its status as an industry leader in designing thoughtfully engineered outdoor equipment,” said Osgood. 

Osgood and his wife, along with their two sons, currently live in Chico, California. In his new role, Jim will be splitting his time between Cascade’s Reno and Seattle offices.

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About Cascade Designs®

For more than 45 years, Seattle-based Cascade Designs, Inc. and its brands, Therm-a-Rest®, Mountain Safety Research® (MSR), Platypus®, SealLine®, PackTowl® and Varilite® have led the outdoor industry in designing innovative, useful and long-lasting equipment, manufacturing the majority of products in their Seattle, WA, and Reno, NV, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland facilities. From the original self-inflating Therm-a-Rest® camping mattress to the first multi-fuel stove from MSR®, Cascade Designs has developed leading products that explorers, travelers, adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts and weekend campers can rely on to deliver optimum performance in the outdoors through exceptional engineering and quality. For more information, please visit: