Globe, the Australian skating brand, has appointed Mike Xavier as European marketing director, reinforcing a team of two people. Filling a new position, Xavier previously headed marketing for Globe's surf products in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The appointment comes as Globe's sales are picking up in Europe: After several meager years, the company expects double-digit sales growth this year. As part of intensified marketing investments, an international team of Globe skaters will be touring Europe in July, from Belgium and the Netherlands to Germany and Norway. Globe already has its own store in Hossegor and is preparing to open another one in partnership with a retailer in Ericeira, Portugal.