Quiksilver Appoints New Board Member

In a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Quiksilver announced that it has expanded its board of directors from eight members to nine and has appointed Michael A. Clarke to fill the new role.

Clarke was CEO of Premier Foods Plc., a branded food company in the United Kingdom from 2011 until February 2013. Prior to that he was President of Kraft Foods Europe.

Here’s the info from the filing:

On April 23, 2013, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Quiksilver, Inc. (the “Company”), acting pursuant to the authority granted to it by the Company’s Bylaws, increased the size of the Board from eight to nine directors and, upon the recommendation of the Company’s Nominating and Governance Committee, appointed Michael A. Clarke to fill the vacancy created by such increase. As a result of Mr. Clarke’s appointment to the Board, the Company is in compliance with Section 303A.01 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual, which requires that the board of directors of a listed company be comprised of a majority of independent directors, each of whom satisfies the independence requirements set forth in Section 303A.02.

Mr. Clarke served as chief executive officer of Premier Foods Plc., a branded food company in the United Kingdom from August 2011 until February 2013. Prior to joining Premier Foods, Mr. Clarke was President of Kraft Foods Europe from January 2009 until August 2011 and held several positions with The Coca-Cola Company from 1996 to 2008, including President-Northwest Europe from 2005 to 2008, President-South Pacific & Korea from 2000 to 2005 and Senior Vice President-Minute Maid International from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Clarke also has held a variety of positions with Reebok International Ltd. (1991 to 1996), served in senior financial roles with Acer Consulting (Far East) Ltd., consulting engineers, and as a chartered accountant with Deloitte. Mr. Clarke graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce. Mr. Clarke also serves on the board of directors of Wolseley Plc., a distributor of plumbing and heating products.

There is no arrangement or understanding pursuant to which Mr. Clarke was elected as a director and there are no related party transactions between the Company and Mr. Clarke.

Pursuant to the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, each new non-employee director of the Company who is appointed or elected to the Board other than on the date of an annual meeting of the Company’s stockholders will be awarded a stock option to purchase 25,000 shares of the Company’s common stock and 15,000 restricted shares of the Company’s common stock under the Company’s 2013 Performance Incentive Plan (the “2013 Plan”). The Board has provided that these awards will be granted to Mr. Clarke on July 1, 2013 (the “Award Date”), provided he is a director of the Company on such date. Each option will have an exercise price per share equal to fair market value per share of the Company’s common stock on the Award Date and will have a maximum term of seven years, subject to earlier termination upon his cessation of service on the Board. Each option will be immediately exercisable and fully vested as of the Award Date. The restricted stock award will vest in equal annual installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the Award Date, in each case subject to Mr. Clarke’s continued service as a member of the Board through the applicable vesting date.