Black Diamond's Swiss-based European subsidiary is creating three new positions to strengthen its sales and product team as well as its back office. New positions have also been announced in the U.S., particularly in connection with the brand's launch of its first apparel line.

Olav Nietzer joins Black Diamond as European sales manager. The 49-year-old held various management positions outside the sporting goods industry at companies such as Johnson & Johnson, UBS and Crédit Suisse. Nine years ago he moved into the winter sports industry by joining Burton's operations in Europe, where he most recently served as European sales director.

Thomas Hodel will act as European product manager for hardgoods. He worked previously for BD from 2002 through 2011, most recently as marketing manager. Before his first period with the U.S. company he was part of the marketing team at Mammut. Since 2011, he worked at Scott as product manager for outdoor products.

Also in Europe, Andrew Campbell takes on the role of financial controller after he held a similar position at Pure Fishing, a brand of Jarden Corporation. He dual citizen of Australia and France, he previously worked for Patagonia Europe and Price Waterhouse Coopers Australia.

At Black Diamond Equipment's global headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Colin Israel has been hired as global integration coordinator for product lifecycle management (PLM). His former jobs include the position of senior director of information technology at Volcom North America. He also served in various positions at Deloitte & Touche in Paris.

The Dutch-born Martijn Linden has been named design director of apparel. In his new role he will support the global launch of BD's apparel line for autumn/winter 2013-14. Linden held various design and creative positions with O'Neill and Rip Curl in Europe and with Quiksilver and Patagonia in North America.