Camp's historic president, Orazio Codega, has passed away at the age of 80. Codega joined the Italian outdoor company in 1959, when he was 20 years old, and led it for more than 40 years, from the 1960s until 2004. Codega was a pioneer in the industry as he decided to focus on climbing and mountaineering equipment at a time when this sort of outdoor activity was still in an initial stage of development. Camp acquired the Cassin brand under his leadership in 1997. Together with his brothers Benedetto, Samuele and Nicolino, Orazio laid the foundations for what was to become the international dimension of the group. He set up a state-of-the-art R&D department in 2007. He famously joined Pope John Paul II on the Dolomites to give him an ice axe, a product of his work, in August 1979. Orazio belonged to the third generation of the family, founded as an iron workshop by Nicola Codega in 1889. The company is now run by Eddy Codega together with five other members of the same family's fourth generation.