Pierre Senizergues is the founder and CEO of Sole Technology, the parent company of etnies, etnies Girl, etnies Plus, éS, Emerica, Altamont Apparel and ThirtyTwo. After attending the Universitaire de Technology of Paris XI in the early 1980s, Senizergues became an engineer for IBM France before moving to the U.S. in 1985 to pursue his dream of skating in California. As one of the premier professional freestyle skateboarders of the 1980's, Senizergues won 12 French Championships, nine European Cup Titles, five European Championships, two World Cup Events and one World Championship during his career.
As the first professional skateboarder to own and operate a footwear brand, Mr. Senizergues has guided the Sole Technology brands to unprecedented levels of success for more than a decade; his brands are a global leader in footwear and apparel while providing the most quality, function and style for skateboarders.
In addition to giving back to youth and action sports, Mr. Senizergues has demonstrated an undeniable passion for the environment by staying true to its skateboarding roots as a leader of sustainability in the industry. He has continued to devote resources to implement an aggressive company-wide sustainability strategy with a full commitment to corporate responsibility. Mr. Senizergues' commitment to the environment extends into his personal endeavors with his role as executive producer of Leonardo DiCaprio's highly acclaimed documentary, The 11th Hour.
Senizergues has received numerous accolades; including the Orange County Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Immigrant of the Year Award, OC Metro's Hot 25 and Most Influential CEO's in Orange County, Footwear News' Power 100, and most recently, Orange County's Excellence in Entrepreneurship. Senizergues was also recognized as one of the Top OC Innovators by the Orange County Register and by Global Green USA with a Corporate Environmental Leadership Award for his environmental practices and corporate responsibility by revolutionizing the way Sole Technology does business.
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