|[July 20, 2012]
OtterBox Evolution Continues with New Executive Leadership
FORT COLLINS, Colo. --(Business Wire)--
OtterBox® has always been about evolution, and the next phase
of that development includes a new leader to drive the company to the
next level. OtterBox founder Curt Richardson (News - Alert) will transition into a new
role as chairman and pass the chief executive torch to current President
OtterBox Founder and Chairman Curt Richardson (Photo: OtterBox)
"There's always been a lot of change at OtterBox, and there always will
said. "Probably the person who has seen the most change has been me. The
best part about being the owner is that you get to change your own role."
Richardson founded OtterBox
Thomas joined OtterBox in 2002 as employee No. 6 when the company's
annual revenue topped out at $2 million. At the time, OtterBox was
focused on waterproof, crush proof dry boxes, popular among water sports
enthusiasts. He helped the company evolve from a producer of generic dry
boxes to device-specific protection products - first for PDAs, then to
the current lineup of smartphone and tablet cases. He also spearheaded
the global expansion of OtterBox which now includes offices in Cork,
Ireland and Hong Kong.
"Curt has mentored me for 10 years to get to the place that I am now,"
Thomas said. "We will continue to work together. I will do everything I
can to make this company grow and succeed in the vision and footsteps
that Curt has laid out. We'll do this together."
Thomas spent the last decade at OtterBox in various roles including
sales manager, sales and marketing director, chief operating officer and
president. He and Richardson have worked side by side to grow OtterBox
and continuously clarify the company's vision.
Richardson explained that the transition has been a long time in the
making and the announcement is largely just a change in titles that
reflects the current roles of both he and Thomas. Complementing Thomas'
new role as president and CEO is the addition of Pete Lindgren as COO.
Lindgren brings decades of experience in global manufacturing. He has
worked in the electronics manufacturing services industry since 1985 and
has held a number of management positions in international operations,
sales and marketing, program management, and materials with SCI Systems,
MTI International and, most recently, at Celestica.
"OtterBox has grown significantly and will continue to grow
significantly," Richardson said. "We need the right talent in place for
that. "You always hire someone smarter than yourself. That's what we've
done and what we'll continue to do."
Built upon fundamentals of hard work, innovation and perseverance,
OtterBox is a leader in the production of premier protective solutions
for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.
Incorporating creativity and cutting-edge design into every product,
OtterBox creates sleek and durable cases that offer reliable device
protection to complement any lifestyle.
OtterBox was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo.
For more information, visit www.otterbox.com
or call 888-695-8820. We've Got Technology Covered.
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