Joe Scirocco, who helped steer Quiksilver Inc. through the financial crisis, is stepping down as the firm’s chief financial officer to pursue other interests.

He has been cfo since April 2007 and plans to stay onboard as the company searches for a replacement.

“Joe came to Quiksilver at a time in his life when he was looking for a new challenge and he inherited an extremely difficult financial situation,” said Robert B. McKnight Jr., chairman, chief executive officer and president of Quiksilver. “This period coincided with the onset of the global financial crisis and our pressing need to refinance our business. Joe helped lead us through this process….”