Bernard Mariette, former President of Quiksilver Inc., has partnered with the founders of Orage and Lolë and the private equity fund Kilmer Capital Partners, and is the new President and CEO of Coalision Inc.

Coalision Inc., a company founded in 1989 in Montreal, Canada by Evelyn Trempe and Eric D’Anjou, currently generates most of its revenue in North America through the sale of its sportswear brands Orage and Lolë to highly active consumers looking for modern and original styling. Orage has been redefining skiing and free lifestyle riding for 20 years and is a cult brand for those who live to ski and for mountain sports, from Whistler to Laax and New York City, while Lolë is designed for women who make the most of every moment and who are looking for stylish and technical apparel, both for sports and to "Live Out Loud Every day." About 2,500 retailers sell the brands worldwide.

With his track record at Timberland and the incredible success story of Quiksilver, Mariette has now chosen Coalision with which to pursue new challenges. “I first joined Coalision as a director, accepting the invitation of Eric D’Anjou and Kilmer Capital, the private equity fund that is investing in Coalision’s future growth,” said Mariette. “In addition to sharing identical values with the co-founders Eric, Evelyn and Jean-Pierre Ferrandez, Executive Vice President of Orage, I soon realized that the Coalision brands, the quality of their products, the fresh spirit of their team, and Kilmer’s vision and support would allow us to develop something very strong and compelling. Thus, I accepted an operational role to accelerate the company’s growth in North America and to further establish its brands in the rest of the world.”

D’Anjou, who will remain actively involved in the company’s management with Trempe, said: “Bernard Mariette is a visionary whose successes and track record speak for themselves. He has redefined the world of board sports during his 15 years at Quiksilver. We are incredibly lucky to welcome him on board. In addition to becoming a shareholder, he has accepted to be an integral part of Orage and Lolë with the goal of making them stronger and more global brands. The entire Coalision team is looking forward to working with Bernard and those who will join him in this exciting new adventure.”

André La Forge, Coalision’s Chairman and Managing Partner at Kilmer Capital, adds: "We are thrilled that Bernard agreed to join Coalision as President and CEO, following several months of discussions. Kilmer partnered with Coalision in December 2008 with the ambition of assisting the company to achieve world-class status and to accelerate the development of its brands. Thanks to Bernard's leadership, we believe that Coalision not only will meet its growth objectives but will exceed them."

—Regina Henkel