Cascade Designs hires new Vice-President of European Operations


Friedrichshafen, Germany – Cascade Designs Inc., a Seattle, Washington-based manufacturer of premier backpacking, recreation and medical rehabilitation products, is pleased to announce the appointment of James Cotter as Vice-President of European Operations for its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cascade Designs, Ltd., located in Cork, Ireland.

Cotter will oversee the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales subsidiary and help continue to expand Cascade Designs' business in the rapidly changing Outdoor Specialty Market in Europe. Cotter has served as Operations Manager at the European subsidiary since 2003, improving operations as a champion of lean manufacturing – maximizing value and minimizing waste in the production process.

“James' leadership skills are enhanced by a great business savvy and a genuine interest in people, processes and products working seamlessly together,” said Joe Mc Swiney, President of Cascade Designs and former Vice-President of European Operations. “With his diversified professional training and outstanding track record, he really is the ideal candidate to lead Cascade Designs, Ltd.”

Prior to joining Cascade Designs, Cotter held successful managerial roles in sales, manufacturing and production at several high-profile multi-national manufacturing plants. In addition to a Masters degree in Business Administration from Oxford Brookes University, Cotter has studied and practiced design, strategic planning, finance, human resources, lean systems manufacturing, and mechanical fitting. In his free time, Cotter enjoys the outdoors through sea kayaking, sail boating, Ironman triathlon competitions and island camping off the southwest coast of Ireland. He assumes his new position immediately.

About Cascade Designs, Inc.
For over thirty years, Seattle-based Cascade Designs® has led the outdoor industry in the design and manufacture of innovative gear and equipment, including the first self inflating camping mattress, the first multi-fuel stove and a revolutionary pen-sized water purifier. Today, Cascade Designs' products are in use around the globe providing outdoor adventurers and explorers with gear they can rely on, even in the most challenging environments. For more information on Cascade Designs or links to our premium brands: MSR®; Therm-a-Rest®; SealLine®; Platypus®; Tracks® and VARILITE®, please visit or call us at 1-800-531-9531.
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