Skullcandy names CEO
PARK CITY, Utah — Skullcandy has appointed Hoby Darling as president and CEO effective immediately.
Rick Alden, interim CEO and board member of Skullcandy, commented, "On behalf of our board, I can't be more pleased to welcome Hoby to the Skullcandy team. The board is acutely aware of the needs of this organization and has moved swiftly to find the greatest resource to meet those needs. Hoby's involvement with both emerging and global brands makes him the ideal person to lead this company. He is a best in class addition to this team, and will provide remarkable voice and leadership as the CEO of this company. I look forward to working side by side with Hoby to build remarkable product, remarkable stories, and this remarkable Company."
Darling joins Skullcandy from Nike Inc. where he most recently held the role of general manager, Nike+ Digital Sport. During his tenure with Nike, Darling was a member of the Nike Affiliates global leadership team and served as the head of strategy and planning for Nike Affiliates (Converse, Cole Haan, Hurley and Umbro). Prior to Nike, Darling served as SVP strategic development and general counsel at Volcom from its initial public offering in 2005 until its sale to PPR in 2011. Darling was named to Sporting Goods Business' 40 Under 40 in Sports in 2010.
Hoby Darling stated: "I am extremely excited to join the Skullcandy team at this early stage of the company's global growth cycle. I have been admiring the brand's progress since Rick started the company 10 years ago, and I see tremendous potential to leverage the platform and culture that is already in place. My years at Volcom and Nike have given me the opportunity to work side by side with world-class leaders of these great brands, and I look forward to applying all of my experience and learning to execute the near-term initiatives recently outlined by Rick and successfully driving Skullcandy forward over the long-term."