NEW YORK — Quiksilver Inc. has created a new global management structure to help facilitate its expansion domestically and around the world.
Marty Samuels, who had been president of Quiksilver Men's, was named president of Quiksilver Americas, and Pierre Agnes, who had been managing director of Quiksilver Europe, was named president of Quiksilver Europe. Both of these positions are new.
Agnes and Samuels, along with Clive Fitts, president of Quiksilver Asia Pacific, are part of a new senior global management team that reports to Bernard Mariette, president of Quiksilver Inc. In their new roles, Agnes and Samuels will oversee all aspects of Quiksilver's operations, finance, sales and marketing organizations in their respective territories.
In an interview Thursday, Samuels said there had been a team of five people overseeing the business in the U.S.; four are still in place, and he is now overseeing the team.
"It is a streamlined structure," he said. "Before we had five people reporting to Mariette."
The Huntington Beach, Calif.-based company, best known for its surfwear, has been rapidly expanding overseas. The company recently opened a flagship in Biarritz, France, and is looking to open additional stores in Eastern Europe, China and other locales.
Quiksilver, which had sales of $1.27 billion last year, is also expanding into other product categories. It recently bought Rossignol, the ski company, and now has a stable of brands, including DC Shoes, Raisins, Radio Figi and Island Soul. Samuels noted the company will be launching Roxy skis in the fall, produced in partnership with Rossignol's Dynastar division.
In a separate development, Quiksilver said it has acquired Centre Skateboard Distribution Ltd., the Canadian distributor of DC Shoes, for $7 million. The firm said CSD will support its Quiksilver and Roxy operations in Canada.
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