Dillman Named GM of Volkl and Boris Becker Divisions of Klip America
June 30, 2009
San Diego, CA — Klip America (www.klipstrings.net), the worldwide licensee for Volkl and Boris Becker tennis equipment, bags and accessories today announced the appointment of Brian Dillman to the newly-created position of general manager of Klip America, effective July 1, 2009. Mr. Dillman will establish a Mid West office and be based in Chicago, Illinois.
As general manager, Mr. Dillman will manage the continued growth and global distribution expansion of the Volkl and Boris Becker brands. Specifically, he will lead the sales and marketing efforts for overseas markets including Europe and the Middle East and regions within the United States including the East Coast and Texas.
Mr. Dillman has more than 17 years of executive level experience in the global sporting goods and consumer products industries. Moreover, he has proven expertise in finance, R&D, branding, and sales and marketing at some of the most well-known tennis and golf brands in the world, including Wilson.
Prior to joining Klip America, Mr. Dillman served as an executive for a private equity firm specializing in long-term investments in the consumer products industry and spent several years with Power Plate International, a fitness company.
Prior to that, he spent 14 years at Wilson Sporting Goods and its parent company, AMER Sports, holding executive director, vice president and general manager positions in the United States and in Europe. At Wilson, Mr. Dillman increased tennis racquet share to achieve #1 status in the market and brought the tennis ball share to #2 in the market. Other achievements include a successful entry into the badminton market in China and signing Roger Federer to a lifetime playing contract.
“Brian Dillman brings an extraordinarily high level of international marketing, sales and tennis distribution experience to our team,” commented Sean Frost, managing director of Klip America. “We welcome Brian and look forward to his strategic marketing leadership to have a very positive impact on our international and domestic sales efforts.”