Australian surfwear brand Billabong has tapped two industry veterans to drive its global supply chain strategy.

Randy Royce has been named vice president of global supply chain, while Kitty Ho will take on the role of vice president of global sourcing with immediate effect.

With more than 20 years' worth of experience in product development, global sourcing and strategic supply chain implementation, Royce will be responsible for leading our global sourcing, product development and R&D functions worldwide.

He most recently served as divisional vice president of outdoor wear brand Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc. Prior to this, Royce was chief buying officer at Swedish brand developer New Wave Group after holding various roles at US clothing companies Nordstrom and Cutter & Buck.

Meanwhile, Ho has more than 30 years of experience in product development, manufacturing, sourcing and divisional management. She will have direct oversight for all aspects of Billabong's global sourcing strategy.

Ho has previously held senior leadership roles in global sourcing and product development at VF Asia, Guess Asia, Kellwood Company and Li & Fung, as well as merchandising positions at Tommy Hilfiger and the former Liz Claiborne.

Both Royce and Ho will be based in Hong Kong.

Billabong COO Jeff Streader said their "combined global experience in building best in class sourcing teams will drive Billabong's global supply chain strategy".

"Randy and Kitty will be a dynamic force in building our supply chain capabilities globally," he added. 

Last week, Billabong claimed its turnaround strategy is "gaining traction", after full-year losses were reduced to AUD233.7m (US$218.4m) and sales rose in Europe and Asia Pacific. The company said America remains both its biggest challenge and opportunity in the next 12 months.