Orange County Business Journal

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New Chief Creative for Mazda Ad Shop

Mazda North American Operations’ advertising agency of record hired Erich Funke as chief creative officer, effective March 6.

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Quiksilver Settles with Ex-Employees

A bankruptcy court judge approved Quiksilver Inc.’s settlement agreement with 26 former employees, who were looking to collect about $7 million in severance pay, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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Craig to Chair New Majority

Retail developer Steve Craig has been named chairman of New Majority California’s Orange County Chapter.

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Vans’ Revenue Tops for VF Corp.

Annual revenue at Vans Inc. climbed 6% to $2.3 billion in 2016, making it the largest and fastest growing brand for parent VF Corp.

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New GM for Element Skateboards

Element Skateboards Inc. in Irvine named David Brooks its new global general manager, the brand’s top executive position.

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Volcom Down in 2016

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. posted $256.8 million in 2016 revenue, a 13.5% decrease from the prior year, according to Kering S.A., its Paris-based parent.

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Rakuten to Exit Aliso Viejo

Rakuten.com Shopping is moving from Aliso Viejo to San Mateo in the Silicon Valley in March.

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Rossignol Buys Irvine Bike Maker

Skis Rossignol S.A. in Grenoble, France, bought Felt Racing LLC in Irvine on undisclosed terms.

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Wet Seal Files for BK Again

Wet Seal LLC in Irvine filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, and is taking steps to liquidate its assets.

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January Auto Sales Mixed

Three out of four Orange County-based automakers exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in January, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Nekter Expands to 3 New States

Nekter Juice Bar Inc. in Santa Ana has signed multi-unit franchise agreements to bring the food-and-smoothie chain into Utah, Washington and Florida—all new states for the chain.

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Boot Barn Misses on Revenue

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. reported mixed results for its December quarter, meeting Wall Street expectations on earnings but delivering below forecasts on revenue.

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Post-Recession Car Sales Boom Winds Down

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers plateaued at 191,910 last year after notching considerable gains for the previous six years, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Surfing Magazine Shut Down

TEN, short for The Enthusiast Network, has shut down Surfing Magazine to focus on its other surf publication, Surfer, according to news reports.

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Executive Changes at Mazda

Mazda North American Operations has set the stage for a new generation of executives to join its senior management in Irvine.