Quiksilver announced today that Anton Nistl is filling DC’s vacant role of president, effective immediately. Nistl is a footwear industry veteran and comes to the company from Vida Shoes International, a licensee of footwear fashion brands, where he was senior VP of sales. Former president Nick Adcock resigned in early June shortly after Quiksilver announced it would not be selling DC. The company also announced a new endorsement deal with DC Co-founder Ken Block as one of its premier athletes. Block will also continue in his role as chief brand officer.
According to the release:
Nistl’s appointment marks the culmination of an executive search which began after Quiksilver decided in June to refinance its business, putting an end to alternate strategic paths which included the potential sale of DC. Most recently, Nistl was Senior Vice President of Sales at Vida Shoes International, a licensee of fashion footwear brands including Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Pastry, Run Athletics, J-41, Esprit, Osh Kosh and Carters Kids. He previously held positions of increasing responsibility with Adidas, Fossil and Saucony. In his new role, Nistl reports to Craig Stevenson, President of Quiksilver Americas.
Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, “I’m pleased to welcome Anton to the DC team. Through Anton’s appointment and other recent management changes, we are determined to maximize this great brand’s strategic opportunities within the Americas region. Outside the U.S., DC will leverage our regional infrastructure to continue to capture market share. In addition, Anton and I will be working in close collaboration with DC co-founder Ken Block with a renewed commitment to refocus the brand on its core skate values including a realignment of product innovation and brand positioning. As we continue to navigate our way through these challenging times, I’m confident that a return to DC’s foundation of core technical skate products, marketing and distribution and a further integration of DC into Quiksilver’s newly streamlined operation will better position us for years to come.”