Our Story

Founded in 1998, we have grown to become a global innovator of premium protective products for smartphones and tablets. Our mission, ‘We Grow to Give,’ is executed through our popular OtterBox, Liviri and OtterCares brands. We focus on breaking ground and leading the way to help people do more and go more places with technology in hand.

The innovative spirit of founder and chairman Curt Richardson courses through our veins. It’s evident in the products we make and the way we work. Our commitments to customers, to one another and to our community are unparalleled. We don’t settle for great — we seek extraordinary. A seven-time honoree on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the US, we were also named one of ‘America’s Most Promising Companies’ by Forbes Magazine and one of the ‘Healthiest Companies to Work For in America’ by Greatist. We have also been ranked as a ‘Great Place to Work’ by Fortune, Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine. Our headquarters is located in Fort Collins, CO, and we have offices in Hong Kong, and Cork, Ireland.


  • Curt Richardson

    Otter Products Founder, Chairman, Chief Visionary Officer

    Serial entrepreneur Curt Richardson was running his first successful business at the age of 21. In the following decade, he started and grew multiple ventures. Richardson created the first OtterBox waterproof case in his garage in the early ‘90s and in 1998, Otter Products was born. Richardson leads innovation and culture initiatives as founder, chairman and Chief Visionary Officer for Otter Products. Additionally, he’s co-founder and chairman of Blue Ocean Enterprises Inc. and Blue Ocean Holdings LLC. In these roles, he discovers, creates and invests in business opportunities and makes strategic investments in commercial real estate.
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    JC Richardson

    Chief Executive Officer

    JC Richardson literally grew up in Otter Products when his father Curt Richardson founded the company in the garage of their family home. JC served in various roles throughout his early career, learning the workings of each function while he pursued his finance degree from Plymouth State University. In 2013, he cofounded Angel Armor, a ballistic armor developer for use by first responders. In 2021, he became CEO of investment firm Blue Ocean Enterprises Inc. He has served on the Otter Products board of directors since 2016 and the Old Elk Distilleries board since 2020. He rejoined Otter Products as CEO in 2022 and is dedicated to driving the organization towards its mission of: “We Grow to Give.”
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    Gerald Chen

    Chief Financial Officer

    Gerald Chen brings a combination of innovative leadership and extensive experience in the financial and legal sectors to his role as CFO for Otter Products. Gerald is charged with directing complex analytics and financial analyses along with managing the credit, treasury, tax, and accounting functions. He also provides leadership and oversight for Otter Products’ support functions, including information technology; human resources; and data management. Gerald earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Duke University and a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.
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    Liz Robinson

    Chief Product Officer

    Liz Robinson joined Otter in October 2021. With over two decades of wireless industry experience, she brings a customer-focused approach to leading the company’s Product and Innovation Teams. Liz has spent much of her career in distribution, primarily with Tessco, where she led teams in Sales, Product Management, and Corporate Marketing. Prior to joining Otter, Liz served as Chief Operating Officer at VoiceComm, with a focus on business integration across the Customer, Product, Marketing and Operations platforms.
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    Bill Dillon

    Chief Sales Officer

    Bill Dillon brings more than two decades of leadership in sales and marketing to his role at Otter Products, largely in the food and beverage industry including positions at Pepsi Bottling Group and Land O’Lakes. He joined the company in April 2022 to support the emerging Liviri brand – delivering sustainable packaging solutions for thermally sensitive products. His leadership for Liviri was transformative. As chief sales officer, Bill leads the sales, marketing and customer service functions at Otter.
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    Kyle Pettine

    Chief Operating Officer

    Kyle Pettine is responsible for product development, engineering, supply chain and customer fulfillment functions at Otter Products. Before joining the organization, Pettine served in a variety of leadership roles at Forney Industries, Advanced Energy, Honeywell and Motorola. He has studied and implemented lean operations for more than 20 years. Prior to entering private enterprise, Pettine served as a nuclear propulsion officer in the United States Navy.