Quiksilver boss declared missing at sea - French local authority

France's coastguard on Tuesday launched a search operation for Pierre Agnes, the chief executive of surfwear company Boardriders, after his sailing boat was found on a beach on France's Atlantic coast, the local prefecture said.

Boardriders owns the Quicksilver brand.

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YANGON, MYANMAR - OCTOBER 27: A view of the 'Quicksilver' store from inside the fourth floor Parkson FMI International department store in Yangon, Myanmar on October 27, 2015. The Parson FMI Center opened in May 11, 2013 and sell cosmetics, fragrances and fashions clothes. High-rise condominiums, bustling shopping centers, and five-star luxury hotels cover the Yangon city as the Myanmar's changing economy ranks as one of the fastest growing economies. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 11: Shoppers enter a Quicksilver Inc. retail store in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Sales at U.S. retailers probably fell in February for the seventh time in eight months as soaring unemployment battered consumers, economists said before a government report this week. (Photo by Gino Domenico/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The Quicksilver store during 2007 Park City - Seen Around Town - Day 3 at Main Street in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
People walk by a surfboard outside the Quicksilver store in New York's Times Square June 30, 2005. Surf and skateboard-inspired clothing has moved from the beach to suburban malls, setting off a wave of consolidation in the industry as outside companies target lucrative lifestyle brands. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton SS/CN

Agnes, 54, set sail early on Tuesday morning, before sending a message to port authorities indicating that he was delaying his return because of thick fog. His boat was found near Hossegor.

Boardriders, which is 85-percent controlled by U.S. private equity firm Oaktree Capital, owns the Quicksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes brands. (Reporting by Claude Cannelas, writing by Michel Rose; editing by Richard Lough)  

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