Ryan Gellert has been promoted to be brand president of Black Diamond, effective Jan. 2. He succeeds Peter Metcalf, who continues to be chief executive and president of the holding, Black Diamond Inc., which also has run the Gregory backpack brand since last year's merger of the two companies. Gellert joined Black Diamond Equipment in 1998, and has held various positions including being the company's chief in Asia. The company emphasizes its consistency in leadership, as Gellert is just the second chief of Black Diamond since its beginnings in 1989.