Quiksilver, Inc. today announced that long-time retailing and apparel industry veteran Robert L. Mettler has been appointed to the Quiksilver Board of Directors effective immediately.
Mr. Mettler retired from his role as President for Special Projects at Macy’s in 2009 after having served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Macy’s West, a division of Federated Department Stores, Inc., beginning in 2002. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mettler held a number of senior-level retail appointments including positions with Joske’s, Allied Stores and L.S. Ayres. In 1987, he joined Robinson’s Department Stores as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mettler joined Sears in 1993 as President of Apparel/Home and three years later was named President of Merchandising Full-Line Stores for Sears, Roebuck and Company. He moved to Macy’s West in January 2000 where he served as President until his promotion to Chairman and CEO in 2002.
Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, “We are very pleased to welcome Bob to our Board of Directors. His considerable experience derived from years of leading some of the country’s premier retailers complements the strengths of our existing board members. Bob’s guidance will be particularly helpful as we strive for continuous improvement in our company-owned retail stores. We look forward to the important contributions he will make to the future success of our business and our great brands Quiksilver, Roxy and DC as well as our plans to further develop Mervin.”
Mr. Mettler added, “Ive respected and appreciated the Quiksilver family of brands for many years. I think it’s a particularly exciting time to join the company’s board given that Quiksilver has now successfully navigated its way through some challenging times and I look forward to helping the company take its next steps toward realizing the potential of its great brands and the attractive business opportunities that lie ahead.”