ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 10, 2012) - Targus® Inc., maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, today announced it has brought on board Duane Smith as its new Vice President of Design. Responsible for product and packaging design, Smith will also drive developments and graphics for all existing and new product categories and brands.
Smith joins Targus from Adidas where he was Head of Apparel, Asia Pacific for the Reebok Brand in Hong Kong. While there, he was responsible for the direction of all product creation and merchandising of apparel and accessories throughout Asia. Smith was successful in tripling sale volumes and for driving efficiencies within multiple business units while expanding the brand through local, regional and global product ranges for multiple channels.
"We are excited to welcome Duane to lead and oversee the product and packaging design efforts at Targus," said Bob Shortt, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Targus. "Having successfully worked across a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, medical equipment, furniture and housewares, Duane offers a fresh new vision and versatile product knowledge that complements our design direction."
Before Reebok, Duane was co-founder and CEO of Boston-based Vessel Inc., a housewares design and distribution company with an award-winning line of lighting, tableware and furniture that was available in over 20 countries. Vessel's product line included the well-recognized Candela® brand of rechargeable lights, which grew to a multi-million dollar business and was sold to a Fortune 500 Company.
Smith earned his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and studied at the world-famous Bauhaus Center in Dessau, Germany.
"Targus has a proven reputation of product excellence, and I am thrilled to join a highly experienced team," said Smith. "I am looking forward to working with my colleagues at Targus to help continue to drive its success, expand its design initiatives and broaden its global footprint."
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this coming July, Targus invented the laptop case and continues to advance the mobile accessories category with innovative and relevant solutions for today's mobile lifestyle. Targus products enhance productivity, connectivity and security, liberating users to work in any and all environments with the utmost convenience and comfort. Founded in 1983, Targus headquarters are located in Anaheim, Calif., with offices worldwide and distribution agreements in more than 100 countries. For more information on Targus visit targus.com.
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