Company creates new positions in Product Development, European Marketing

Vancouver, B.C. (January 19, 2004) ~ ARC’TERYX Equipment Inc., designers and manufacturers of technical outerwear, backpacks, and climbing harnesses is pleased to announce the addition of Nick Cienski and Gary Bryant to its growing roster of talented individuals. Cienski, formerly with Salomon, has been appointed the VP, Manager of Product Development & Design and Bryant, known for his work at Snow and Rock, has been chosen to fill the newly created European Brand Manager position.

No stranger to the world of outdoor apparel, Cienski is best known for single-handedly developing, designing, and marketing several snowsports brands; including Benetton’s Nordica brand and Valid Moutainwear, where three of his designs won Malden Mills APEX Design Awards. He also spent several years with Far West and Altus Canada and was most recently employed with Salomon, helping to refine the company’s apparel line. An accomplished skier and mountaineer, he’s been on several Polish Himalayan expeditions – notably Everest West Ridge and K2 Winter — and has spent time guiding in such places as Broad Peak, K2 North trek, and Aconcagua. He’s also fluent in English, French, and Polish.

Gary Bryant, a 15-year veteran of the outdoor industry, joins ARC’TERYX as Brand Manager to help bolster the company’s European presence. Previously the Outdoor Director at Snow and Rock, Bryant worked his way up through the company, eventually becoming responsible for a substantial annual budget and the main role of purchasing and forecasting for the specialty retailer. Bryant was also involved in the launch of Mountain Hardwear in Europe. He’s a competitive road cyclist and mountain bike rider who has represented England on an international level and is also an experienced mountaineer who spends most of his time the Alps.

“We are excited to have Nick and Gary on our team,” said Bob Holding, Senior VP Sales and Marketing. “Their insight and experience will be a valuable addition to our efforts in-house and abroad. Both have great skills that will help ARC’TERYX to grow the brand worldwide,” Holding said.

Born in Vancouver, B.C. 15 years ago, ARC’TERYX Equipment Inc. was founded with the idea of developing a better climbing harness. The company has gained international recognition as the undisputed leader of mountaineering and climbing equipment for the design, innovation and construction of its technical outerwear, backpacks and harnesses.