OGIO Hires Tony Palma As New CEO

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He’s experienced, business-minded and ready to take sales to the next level; meet Tony Palma, OGIO's new CEO:

BLUFFDALE, Utah (January 25, 2010) – OGIO <http://www.ogio.com> , the leading global manufacturer of performance gear bags and packs, today announced that Tony Palma has partnered with Michael J. Pratt, Chairman and founder of OGIO, and will serve as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.


“Throughout the past several years, we have focused energies and resources on building a strong brand that would resonate across multiple demographics,” Pratt says. “The next strategic move for our growth is to bring in executive leadership with a proven track record for global success.  I am excited that Tony has joined me to take OGIO to the next level.  His experience in growing businesses in consumer products, action and team sports will help us to realize our full brand potential.”


Palma stated, “OGIO is truly a unique company with an incredible culture and passion for designing innovative bags and other products that are a key part of the lifestyle of each market in which we participate. Our strong brand momentum provides us with key strategic opportunities to grow our business as we continue to excite the market with increasingly innovative designs and fashions."


Prior to joining OGIO, Palma was the CEO of Easton Sports for 14 years, driving the company’s rapid brand and sales growth. After merging with Riddell and Bell Sports, he was appointed CEO of Easton Bell Sports and grew that company to nearly $750 million in sales. Prior to joining Easton Sports, Palma spent eight years with KPMG. He currently serves as a director on a number of corporate boards and is a member of the Board of Advisors at California State  University, Northridge.

About OGIO <http://www.ogio.com/>
OGIO International, Inc. is an award-winning global leader in gear bag design and manufacturing, recognized for its athlete-inspired technology. The privately held Utah Company, founded in 1987, distributes products worldwide under the OGIO brand name, and operates an original equipment manufacturer division to produce gear bags for other internationally known brands.  In 2009, the company was recognized by Business Week Magazine for designing one of the "50 Coolest Products in the 21st Century <http://www.images.businessweek.com/ss/09/07/0729_IDEA_best_of/25.htm> ," and received the "Coolest Product of the 2009 Indy Motorcycle Dealer Expo <http://blogs.dirtrider.com/favicon.ico> " with its new OGIO Stepup Ramp. The brand’s collection includes an extensive line of golf bags; back packs; snow, skate and surf packs; school packs; motocross bags and hard goods; messenger bags; and other active gear. For more information, visit www.ogio.com