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Quiksilver names new board member

By Tiffany Montgomery
April 19, 2010 6:23 AM

Quiksilver has named Robert Mettler to its board of directors.

Mettler was CEO of Macy’s West, and previously served in high-ranking roles with retailers such as Joske’s, Allied Stores, L.S. Ayres, Robinson’s and Sears.

He retired in 2009 from Macy’s as president for Special Projects.

In the release, Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight said Mettler’s retail expertise can help Quiksilver’s stores.

Here's the press release:

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK - News) today announced that long-time retailing and apparel industry veteran Robert L. Mettler has been appointed to the Quiksilver Board of Directors effective immediately.

Mr. Mettler retired from his role as President for Special Projects at Macy’s in 2009 after having served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Macy’s West, a division of Federated Department Stores, Inc., beginning in 2002. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mettler held a number of senior-level retail appointments including positions with Joske’s, Allied Stores and L.S. Ayres. In 1987, he joined Robinson’s Department Stores as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mettler joined Sears in 1993 as President of Apparel/Home and three years later was named President of Merchandising Full-Line Stores for Sears, Roebuck and Company. He moved to Macy’s West in January 2000 where he served as President until his promotion to Chairman and CEO in 2002.

Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, “We are very pleased to welcome Bob to our Board of Directors. His considerable experience derived from years of leading some of the country’s premier retailers complements the strengths of our existing board members. Bob’s guidance will be particularly helpful as we strive for continuous improvement in our company-owned retail stores. We look forward to the important contributions he will make to the future success of our business and our great brands Quiksilver, Roxy and DC as well as our plans to further develop Mervin.”

Mr. Mettler added, “I’ve respected and appreciated the Quiksilver family of brands for many years. I think it’s a particularly exciting time to join the company’s board given that Quiksilver has now successfully navigated its way through some challenging times and I look forward to helping the company take its next steps toward realizing the potential of its great brands and the attractive business opportunities that lie ahead.”

About Quiksilver:

Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK - News) is the world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, snowboards and related products. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage.

The reputation of Quiksilver’s brands is based on outdoor action sports. The Company’s Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, Lib Tech and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

The Company’s products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders Club shops and other company-owned retail stores, other specialty stores and select department stores. Quiksilver’s corporate and Americas’ headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz, France, and its Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.




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