Long time Quiksilver executive, Steve Tully, is leaving the company.
I spoke this morning with Steve, who I’ve known since way back in my Orange County Register days, and he told me that for various reasons, he thinks now is the right time for him to move on.
Over the past 20 years Steve has held various executive-level positions at Quiksilver, including Global President of Roxy, Americas President for the Quiksilver brand and President of Wholesale for the Americas.
Steve Tully and Bob McKnight. Shop-eat-surf file photo.
Most recently Steve handled business development for the Americas, looked after the Tony Hawk direct-to-retail business with Kohl’s, oversaw Emerging Brands, including VSTR and Moskova and served as executive advisor to the Mervin snowboard division.
“I want all my colleagues and friends to know that I’ve had a great 20 years at Quik and that I’m leaving with a smile on my face,” he said.
Since Steve has played so many different roles at Quiksilver, I asked Bob McKnight, now Executive Chairman, for his comments about Steve and the impact he has had at Quiksilver.
“Steve has been an integral part of our Quiksilver organization for 20 years,” Bob said via email. “He has been by my side as an astute business mind, a close ally of our core account base in America, a many projects manager, a member of our senior management team globally, a friend, and a complete warrior within our company. We will miss his professionalism, his sense of humor, his many business skills, his attitude and his friendship to our family at Quiksilver."
Quiksilver has gone through a tremendous amount of change over the past several years as it recovered from the Rossignol acquisition, the global economic crash and the changing retail and industry landscape.
It is currently in the midst of even more change as a new CEO from the outside, Andy Mooney, takes charge and as the company strives to keep its growth and profit improvement promises to Wall Street.