Quiksilver, once the kingpin of surfing brands, is still on a long path to recovery and has recently announced new changes to its Board and staff, namely that Andy Mooney is no longer with the company and Pierre Agnes is now the new CEO.
Quiksilver has been undergoing significant changes in the past few years, along with former surf-inspired brands such as Billabong. But when pro surfer and 11-time World Champion, Kelly Slater, left their roster to create his own brand, Outerknown after 23 years with Quiksilver, the writing was on the wall.
Surfing as a whole is under significant change, which actually is a good thing. More new brands are filling new niches, and the transformation of the Association of Surfing Professionals to the World Surf League has also created waves for the better.
Quiksilver announced that Pierre Agnes, President of Quiksilver, Inc., has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and added to the Board of Directors; he succeeds Andy Mooney who is no longer with the company. In addition, Greg Healy, Quiksilver’s APAC Region President, has been promoted to President of Quiksilver, Inc., and Bob McKnight has been appointed Chairman. All changes are effective today.
Bob McKnight, Founder and Chairman of Quiksilver, Inc., said, “On behalf of the board, I want to thank Andy Mooney for his leadership in driving the organizational changes that were essential to restoring our product design leadership and globalizing many of our key functions. This work provides the foundation for the next phase of Quiksilver’s progress.
“The board has great confidence in Pierre’s ability and skills to lead our company. His primary focus will be on improving operational execution and efficiencies, and identifying growth opportunities, especially in the U.S. wholesale channel.”
Pierre Agnes has worked for Quiksilver for 27 years. In November 2014, he was promoted to President of Quiksilver, Inc. He previously served as Global Head of Apparel for Quiksilver, Roxy and DC. Since 2005 Pierre served as President of Quiksilver Europe.
Greg Healy, a CPA, joined Quiksilver’s finance team in 1998. In 2002, he assumed the dual responsibility of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Quiksilver’s Asia Pacific (APAC) Region. In 2010, Greg was named APAC President, following a promotion to CEO of Australasia in 2009. Greg will be based in Huntington Beach, CA.
The company also announced that Thomas Chambolle, Quiksilver’s EMEA Region Chief Financial Officer, will be promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Quiksilver, Inc. effective April 3, 2015. He succeeds Richard Shields, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Shields has agreed to serve as a consultant to the company and resource to Chambolle.
McKnight continued, “We appreciate Richard’s contributions, including pushing our cost reduction program, refinancing of the company’s senior notes and reducing inventory levels. I thank him for agreeing to assist Thomas during this transition.
“Thomas has done an outstanding job leading our EMEA Region finance team. He is well suited to take over the CFO position, and we are confident that he will hit the ground running.”
Thomas Chambolle joined Quiksilver as EMEA Region CFO in 2013. Previously, Thomas was a Managing Partner at Ricol Lasteyrie, a financial advisory consulting firm in France, since 2010. Prior to that, he worked with French government agencies supporting businesses impacted by the global credit crisis, and previously worked as CFO of the spare parts division of Peugeot Citroen, a division of more than 5,000 employees with €4 billion of revenues.