Black Diamond has expanded its engineering team from six to ten persons, and it has added two outdoor industry specialists to its apparel development team. The four extra engineering staff are Greg Woolston, previously in product design at Skullcandy, who joined the lighting team. Tom Santoro is to focus on the trekking and ski pole categories. He already worked as a design engineer for Toyota and Tesla and as a quality engineer at Black Diamond for three years until 2010, and then formed a design consultancy while working as a quality engineer at Stryker Medical. Garrett Harmsen joins from Avatech to work on climbing products and Alex Szela switched from Easton-Bell Sports to focus on the helmets category. In the apparel development team, Laura Smith joins from REI, where she was a senior product developer in outerwear. She previously worked as a product development manager for Patagonia's technical outerwear division, focusing on its alpine and snow product ranges. The second hire for the apparel development team, Anna Kirner, previously worked at Sierra Designs, Cabela's and Golite. Black Diamond said the appointments would help to build on the current momentum of its apparel program.