Pelican™ Names Kevin Deighton Vice President of Research and Product Development

Published November 6, 2007

Torrance, CA -

With an eye toward future growth of the company, Pelican Products, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced lighting systems and virtually indestructible cases for protecting valuable equipment has promoted Kevin Deighton to Vice President of Research and Product Development.  

“Kevin Deighton has been a driving force in Pelican’s product development for many years,” said John Padian, Chief Operating Officer for Pelican Products. “His market expertise, leadership and passion for developing innovative designs are a key component of Pelican’s success.”

In his new position, Deighton will use his more than 15 years of engineering and technical expertise to lead the research and development of all new Pelican products from concept to manufacturing to market. 

Before his promotion, Deighton served as Pelican’s Director of Product Development where he has managed and launched more than 60 of Pelican’s 107 products.  Career highlights include leading the development of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 7060 LED flashlight and the company’s transition from traditional incandescent flashlights toward tougher and more energy-efficient LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).

Prior to joining Pelican, Deighton served as a Mechanical Engineer for Vickers Defense Systems, one of England’s oldest and most venerable armament builders. While there he helped create designs for both the British and US military battle tanks and multiple rocket launchers.  He also served as Engineering Manager for a real-estate lock box manufacturer, Multacc.  Deighton holds a MBA from Cal State Long Beach and a degree in Technology and Management Science from the University of Bradford UK.

About Pelican Products

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases, temperature-controlled packaging solutions, advanced portable lighting systems and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, life sciences, industrial, entertainment, and in numerous outdoor markets. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 27 countries, with 23 international sales offices and eleven manufacturing facilities around the globe. In Europe, the company does business under the name Peli Products, S.LU. and the division which manufactures temperature-controlled packaging for the healthcare industry, does business worldwide under the brand Peli BioThermal. For more information, visit