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Deckers Outdoor Corporation Announces New Chief Financial Officer

GOLETA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 11, 2009-- Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQGS: DECK) today announced the appointment of Thomas A. George as Chief Financial Officer, effective today.

Mr. George has over thirty years of experience in corporate finance and accounting, having served in a number of senior level positions with both public and private companies. Mr. George joins Deckers Outdoor Corporation from Ophthonix, Inc., where he served as Chief Financial Officer since February 2005. Prior to Ophthonix, Mr. George spent more than 7 years as Chief Financial Officer for publicly held Oakley, Inc., now a division of Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE:LUX). In this role, Mr. George led all aspects of the company’s financial operations and was instrumental in establishing a global infrastructure to support international expansion. Earlier in his career, Mr. George held positions at Loral Corporation, International Totalizator Systems, Remec Corporation and Coopers and Lybrand. Mr. George is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Angel Martinez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Deckers Outdoor Corporation, commented: “We are very pleased to have attracted a candidate with Tom’s background and level of expertise. Tom brings to his new position a strong financial skill set, a great base of leadership experience, and a solid reputation within the investment community. Tom is joining Deckers during an important time in the development of the Company and I am confident he will be an invaluable asset as we look to increase our domestic penetration and expand our presence overseas.”

Deckers Outdoor Corporation strives to be a premier lifestyle marketer that builds niche brands into global market leaders by designing and marketing innovative, functional and fashion-oriented footwear developed for both high performance outdoor activities and everyday casual lifestyle use. Teva®, Simple® Shoes, UGG® Australia, TSUBO®, and Ahnu® are registered trademarks of Deckers Outdoor Corporation.

This news release contains statements regarding our expectations, beliefs and views about our future financial performance which are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may" or by the fact that such statements relate to future, and not just historical, events or circumstances, including statements related to anticipated revenues, expenses, earnings, operating cash flows, the outlook for the Company's markets and the demand for its products. The forward-looking statements in this news release regarding our future financial performance are based on currently available information as of the date of this release, and because our business is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which may be beyond our control, actual operating results in the future may differ materially from the future financial performance expected at the current time. Those risks and uncertainties include, among others: the continued decline of the global economy, our ability to anticipate fashion trends, consumer demand or inventory needs; whether the UGG brand will continue to grow at the same rate it has experienced in the recent past; impairment charges related to our brand’s intangible assets if our product sales or operating performance decline to a point that the fair value of our brands’ intangible assets do not exceed their carrying values; shortages or price fluctuations of raw materials that could interrupt product manufacturing and increase product costs; increased costs of manufacturing in China and actions by the Chinese government; currency fluctuations; our ability to implement our growth strategy; the success of our customers, their ability to perform in an adverse economic environment and the risk of losing one or more of our key customers; our ability to develop and protect our brands and intellectual property; the risk that counterfeiting can harm our sales or our brand image; our dependence on independent manufacturers to supply our products; the risk that retailers could postpone or cancel existing orders; unpredictable events and circumstances and currency risks related to our international operations; a downturn in key market economies; volatile credit markets; liquidity and market risks for our cash equivalents and short-term investments; the risk of losing key personnel; a delay or interruption in the delivery of merchandise to our customers, and the sensitivity of our sales to seasonal and weather conditions. Certain of these risks and uncertainties, as well as others, are more fully described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, which we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 2, 2009. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release or update the results of any revisions to forward-looking statements, which may be made to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The risks and uncertainties highlighted herein should not be assumed to be the only items that could affect the future performance or valuation of the Company.

Source: Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Zohar Ziv, 805-967-7611
Chief Operating Officer
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