After Pierre Agnes, the CEO of Boardriders, who was lost on the Atlantic after he went fishing in front of the south-western French coastal town of Capbreton and did not return home, has been declared dead, Quiksilver's parent company Boardriders has now announced a transformation of its management team. 

Dave Tanner, current Chief Turnaround Officer, will assume the role and responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer and additionally, Thomas Chambolle, current Global Chief Financial Officer, will assume the additional responsibilities of Interim President of EMEA, both effective immediately. Greg Healy will remain Global President and President of APAC. Together with the rest of the leadership team, they are “committed to honoring his [Agnes] memory by carrying the business forward with the same passion and energy he infused in us all”, said Healy.

Dave Tanner said: “We are all are grief stricken over the sudden and tragic loss of our friend Pierre Agnes. At the same time, we are resolute and passionately unified in our commitment to honor Pierre’s memory and extend his legacy by driving the continued resurgence and growth of Boardriders.

[...] we are resolute and passionately unified in our commitment to honor Pierre’s memory and extend his legacy [...].

Dave Tanner
While it is impossible to replace Pierre’s spirit, we have filled our team with talented and creative professionals who will continue to nurture the company’s unique culture, build on our past successes, and deliver on our now even more meaningful collective mission. I am humbled and honored to lead this storied and dynamic company into this next phase and will strive to uphold and foster the principles that have guided Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes over many decades.”

Agnes dedicated the past 30 years – his entire professional career – to Quiksilver, Boardriders and the surfing community.  He loved the ocean, the surf industry and his hometown of Capbreton, France. 

As announced the company will host several memorials around the world to celebrate Agnes’s life and his many accomplishments. Details will be announced at a later date.

Boardriders, Inc. also reaffirmed its commitment to complete the acquisition of Billabong International Ltd. as previously announced. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018.


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