Black Diamond Equipment has promoted Tim Bantle to the new position of managing director of the Black Diamond brand, responsible for both apparel and equipment and reporting to the company's chief operating officer, Mark Ritchie. He takes the place of Ryan Gellert, president of the Black Diamond brand, who has left the company. Bantle left Patagonia at the beginning of 2011 to joined Black Diamond as director of apparel. In two other promotions, Martjin Linden and Thomas Hodel get new responsibilities. Linden, the design director for apparel, is now vice president of merchandising, design and apparel. Hodel, who was European category director for hardgoods, has become global ski line manager, but he will continue to be based at the group's European office in Basel, Switzerland.