Robert McKnight is president of Quiksilver, Inc. (quiksilver.com) again.

On Tuesday the company announced that McKnight, who will retain his positions of Chairman of the Board and CEO, was immediately replacing Bernard Mariette, who resigned as president and director of Quiksilver to pursue other interests, which may include attempting to acquire its Rossignol group.

Quiksilver announced earlier that it had hired J.P. Morgan to conduct a process to reduce its involvement in the winter sports equipment business, which could include unloading Rossignol.

McKnight will again direct strategic and operational initiatives. He will focus on the company’s Quiksilver, Roxy and DC core apparel and footwear brands and implement “strategic initiatives for the Rossignol group.”

Mariette grew Quiksilver Europe from its start in 1994 to 250 million Euro company by 2001, when he assumed the role of president. The company is now nearly four times the size.

In a new management structure, three corporate officers and three regional presidents will report directly to McKnight. Charlie Exon, a director and general counsel, will also serve as chief administrative officer. COO David Morgan will continue in his role and continue to serve as president of the Rossignol subsidiary through a transition period. CFO Joe Scirocco will continue to oversee global finance initiatives. Both Quiksilver Americas president Marty Samuels and Quiksilver Europe president Pierre Agnes will retain their positions while Craig Stevenson, who currently serves as global brand leader for the Quiksilver brand, will become president of Quiksilver South Asia/Pacific, which is based in Torquay, Australia.