Pierre Agnès , CEO of Quiksilver, has been reported missing at sea after Tuesday’s discovery of his empty boat on a beach in Hossegor, southwestern France, the local prefecture announced.
“The boat of Pierre Agnès, 54 years old, president of the group Boardriders Inc., which owns the brands Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes, was found this morning on the beach of Boiteux in Soorts-Hossegor.He was out at sea at 7H30 this Tuesday, January 30”, wrote the prefecture of Landes in a statement.
An important research device has been triggered. Helpers were not able to say immediately whether he was alone on the board or not.
Pierre Agnès began his career at Quiksilver almost 30 years ago, where he managed the design for the brands, while remaining based at the European headquarters in Saint-Jean-de-Luz (south-west France).
The American group had been badly shaken financially by a disastrous purchase and resale of Rossignol skis (2005 and 2008), and its title had fallen more than 40% in a single day on Wall Street in June 2014.
In early January, Boardriders, the American parent company of Quiksilver and Roxy, announced that it was preparing to buy its Australian competitor Billabong, thus merging two major names in sports clothing.
Together, these two well-established companies in the world of surfing, skiing and skateboarding have 630 stores in 28 countries, 7,000 business customers in 110 countries and online sites in 35 countries.