Orange County Business Journal

Volcom Names President for North America

Kari Hamanaka Friday, November 1, 2013

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. named veteran OC apparel executive Kevin Meehan president of its North America business.

Meehan’s arrival follows recent hires of top executives for Volcom units in Europe, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

Volcom is part of Paris-based Kering, which acquired the company along with San Clemente-based Electric Visual LLC for $608 million in 2011.

Volcom has launched its first line of footwear this summer and also has focused on establishing a global structure for operations—similar to recent moves by several other action sports apparel companies, including Lake Forest-based Sole Technology Inc. and Quiksilver Inc. of Huntington Beach.

Kering recently reported Volcom had a 2% sales gain in the third quarter, attributing the increase to the label’s new shoe line. The company does not break down sales for its brands

Meehan previously served as general manager of Analog Clothing and Gravis Footwear brands. Both were based out in Costa Mesa until Vermont-based Burton announced a restructuring plan about a year ago that saw the closure of the local office.

Meehan also served in marketing and sales positions at Costa Mesa-based Hurley International LLC, part of Nike Inc.