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Contact: Holly Calloway, Public Relations Director
Jason Tillinghast enlists as the new commercial category manager for North America
OGDEN, Utah - February 17, 2016 - Suunto, a global leader in sports precision instruments announces the appointment of Jason Tillinghast as commercial category manager for North America. Tillinghast will have a key role in executing the commercial strategy while being the primary interface between the brand and the sales force. Tillinghast will also lead the effort to further build the Suunto brand in the outdoor, performance and hook and bullet categories and work directly with the marketing and product teams.
Tillinghast has a strong industry background in wearable technology and a successful track record in sales and product management. Most recently, Tillinghast held the position of director of sales for K2 Sports and was responsible for the Atlas, Tubbs, K2 Inline Skates and Madshus Cross Country business. Prior to K2, he held a variety of positions at the Timex Corporation, including national sales manager and technology product manager, garnering him invaluable experience in nordic, bike, outdoor and wearable technology categories.
“We are thrilled to have the experience and expertise that Jason brings with him here at Suunto,” says Olli Osara, regional commercial director for the Americas. “Jason will be a key player to continue the upward trajectory of the Suunto brand here in North America and we are excited to welcome him to the team.”
“I’m very excited to work for Suunto and be a part of the Amer Sports family. I have a strong passion for precision wearable technology and I’m thrilled to join one of the pioneers in the space,” says Tillinghast. “Suunto is very compelling to me as the products are applicable to virtually every sport people can imagine; where measuring performance for improvement is important.”
Tillinghast and his wife, Cristin, will relocate from Kent, Washington to Syracuse, Utah with their four cats. They enjoy running a few marathons each year as well as finishing an annual Ironman. They also hope to enjoy Utah’s vast backcountry at every possible opportunity.
Suunto was born in 1936 when Finnish orienteer and engineer Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compass. Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments used by adventurers all over the globe. From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.
Suunto's headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Arc'teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor and Mavic.