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Quiksilver names new chief exec

The chief executive and co-founder of Quiksilver will step back from his day-to-day role this month, after more than 35 years at the business.

Robert McKnight will relinquish his role on January 11 to become executive chairman. He co-founded the company in 1976, taking on the role of chief executive more than 20 years ago.

At the same time former Disney executive Andy Mooney will step into the top role.

Mooney was previously chairman of Disney Consumer Products, and during his 11 year tenure oversaw the company’s worldwide licensing, publishing and retail businesses. He left the business in October 2011. Prior to Disney he spent 20 years at Nike.

The surfwear company now operates in more than 90 countries and has more than 600 stores worldwide. The Quiksilver portfolio includes three key brands including Quiksilver, Roxy and DC.

According to reports the company was looking for a new chief executive with experience with bigger brands, electronic commerce and global reach.

 

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