Surftech Announces Chris Dunn as new CEO
For Immediate Release
Santa Cruz, Calif. – April 16, 2014 - Surftech is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Dunn as our newly-appointed CEO. Chris is an accomplished leader with over 21 years experience building businesses. Chris brings a track record of growing businesses, leading change and introducing new products to the Surftech team.
“Chris is the right person to lead Surftech forward. His combination of strengths and experience in product management, business development, finance, operations, and international business is precisely what we set out to find in the next leader of Surftech,” said Kate Harbin, Surftech Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“I’m excited and honored to join the Surftech team as we celebrate our 25 year anniversary this season. I’m looking forward to working with some of the industry’s best as we gear up for the next 25 years of Surftech,” said Chris Dunn, Surftech CEO.
Chris will be working closely with company founder, Randy French, and the sales, marketing, product development and operations teams to shape the future of Surftech. “Chris’ experience in the industry combined with his creativity, passion and respect will serve Surftech quite well. He brings a wealth of experience and talent to our team,” said Randy French, Surftech founder.
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Bob comes to Surftech with an impressive resume in the Action Sports Industry. He began his career as a ski technician and lift operator while struggling through the University of Colorado. Since then, Bob has held positions as marketing director and sales manager at Nordica USA, VP of sales and marketing for Swiss-based Raichle-Molitor, GM of Merrell Footwear, president of Nike Golf, VP/assistant to Ely Callaway of Callaway Golf, CEO of Reef sandals and Sanuk Footwear, and Operating Officer for Boardworks.
Currently Bob is the CEO of Malibu based OTZ Shoes and will continue his work there while holding a seat on the Surftech Board of Directors.
“I have known Bob for many years and greatly admire him and the brands that he has worked with in the past,” said Surftech founder, Randy French. “I believe that his involvement will be very beneficial to our management team, shapers and the entire Surftech community.”
In 2014 Surftech celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary as the industry leader in manufacturing surfboards and paddleboards! In 1989, Randy French, a leading surf and windsurf board shaper, founded Surftech and introduced the first composite technology surfboard to the surf industry. Surftech partnered with the best shapers in the world including Al Merrick, Rusty Preisendorfer, Simon Anderson and others to bring this innovative new composite construction (Tuflite) to market.
Nearly 20 years later, at a time when very few people outside of Hawaii had ever seen or heard of stand up paddling, Surftech again broke new ground by introducing the very first production stand up paddleboard to the market, a move that some say launched the SUP industry.
Today, in partnership with many of the world’s leading board designers, Surftech offers a wide variety of high performance surf, stand-up and prone paddle boards to customers worldwide.