Irvine, CA (November 27, 2006) – O’Neill Clothing today announced the appointment of Ryan Rush as Vice President of Men’s Merchandise and Design, effective immediately. Rush will oversee the day-to-day operations of the men’s merchandise and design teams, and will be based out of the offices in Irvine, CA. This transition could not have come at a better time considering O’Neill’s strong growth over the last several years. Rush brings 15 years of action sports industry experience to the already strong O’Neill Clothing merchandise and design teams.
“This is a huge opportunity for us to bring in someone of Ryan’s caliber, said Toby Bost, Chief Executive Officer of O’Neill Clothing. “We have always been a product centric company and Ryan will help bring that focus to a new level. Our retailers and customers can be excited about the future direction of the men’s line.
Prior to joining O’Neill, Rush was Vice President of Design and Creative Director at Ezekiel Clothing, and was recognized for developing one of the most progressive lines in the industry.
“I’m very excited about joining an industry pioneer that has made massive inroads on the clothing side, said Rush, “I’m looking forward to adding a fresh perspective to O’Neill’s tremendous product range.
O’Neill is the world’s original surf brand. The family-owned and operated company distributes its products to 85 countries, including more than 2,000 specialty wetsuit and clothing retailers in the United States.
For more information on O’Neill, visit www.oneill.com