Evan Slater Moves to Sun Bum; David Brooks to Authentic; More Boardriders Hiring News
Slater is the new chief marketing officer at Encinitas-based Sun Bum, which has a foothold in surf and many other markets. Moving to Sun Bum will broaden Slater’s experience beyond the surf market, where he has a deep history.
Slater worked at Billabong for nearly five years, and prior to that spent nearly 10 years at Hurley in leadership positions in global marketing. He transitioned to the brand side of the business after working his way up through the editorial ranks in endemic media, including serving as editor-in-chief of Surfing Magazine.
In addition to sun protection, Sun Bum makes hair care and lip care products.
Sun Bum was acquired by SC Johnson in 2019 for an undisclosed sum. SC Johnson is privately held and generates more than $10 billion in annual revenue.
Related news: See our story about Roark hiring two longtime Billabong employees here.
RVCA’s David Brooks to Authentic Brands Group
Brooks’ appointment follows Friday’s official closing of Authentic’s purchase of the Boardriders group.
He now oversees management of the Quiksilver, Roxy, Billabong, Volcom, DC Shoes, RVCA, Element, Spyder, VonZipper, Honolua, and Boardriders brands in his new position.
Brooks served as RVCA global general manager for the past two years. Prior to that, he held several positions at the Boardriders group over the course of nearly seven years, the most recent of which was RVCA global general manager and Boardriders partnerships, licensing, and business development.
Quiksilver’s Zachary Holsombach Moves to Licensee
Dakine is owned by Marquee Brands and was not part of the Boardriders portfolio. According to a memo Boardriders sent to retailers, the Levy Group has the license for Roxy women’s swimwear, and casual and performance outerwear going forward.
“I have been at Quiksilver for 22 years and have had the pleasure of working with many amazing and talented people,” Holsombach told SES. “My journey started in the Quiksilver visual arts department and then I moved to the product side. Ever since, I’ve been captivated with the culture, the business, and the creative process.
“As our industry continues to evolve, I’m looking forward to learning new best practices and creating products that consumers love,” he said.