It was less than two years ago when Freedom Group hired Scott Blackwell as the president of marketing and sales. Since then, things haven’t exactly been going well for Big Green. From the ongoing quality control issues with their firearms to the mixed reviews that the brand new Remington R51 is seeing, Remington’s image could be better. Yesterday afternoon a confidential email from Freedom Group head honcho George Kollitides to his team announced that Scott Blackwell will be moving on and resigning from his position. Sources say that he was actually fired during a meeting, and that it was sudden and unexpected. The timing leaves much to the imagination, especially with the head of marketing being replaced so soon after SHOT Show and the R51 launch. Make the jump for the text of the email . . .
It is with sadness that I announce the departure of Scott Blackwell, President of Remignton Outdoor Company. Since 2006, I have relied on Scott as an advisor [sic], business partner and friend. His loyalty and dedication to our Company and its people are unrivaled.
As President, Scott has overseen sales, marketing and the P&L’s as well as working hand-in-hand with me to develop our strategy.
The mark of a great leader is the people they recruit, develop and grow. Fortunately, Scott is such a person; he is leaving behind a world-class team, and both Scott and I are confident they will rise to the challenge. In fact, I believe this is why Scott has decided now is the time to pursue other opportunities. He is confident in the team he has put in place and wants to see them flourish.
Effective immediately, and until further notice, Scott’s direct reports will report to me.
Please join me in wishing Scott all the best in his future endeavors and thanking him for his deep loyalty and long service to our Company.
There was no immediate announcement for a replacement.