Orange 21 Inc. Announces New CEO and Strategic Review

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Orange 21 Inc. (NASDAQ:ORNG), a leading developer of brands that produce premium products for the action sports and youth lifestyle markets, announced today that Mark Simo has resigned as Chief Executive Officer effective as of September 29, 2008 and that the Board has appointed A. Stone Douglass to replace him.

Mr. Douglass will immediately commence a comprehensive strategic review of Orange 21's business and various options to build value. Orange 21 also intends to streamline operations and rework its executive compensation scheme to align it with the goal of increasing shareholder value. Orange 21 will report back to investors regarding the results of this review and its progress.

Mr. Douglass joined the Board on August 7, 2008 and was appointed Chairman of the Board effective August 20, 2008. Mr. Douglass has extensive turnaround and restructuring experience. He is a merchant banker and business management consultant with over 30 years of experience in finance and managing public and private companies, including acting as director and/or interim chief executive officer of more than twenty companies.

About Orange 21 Inc.

Orange 21 designs, develops, markets and produces premium products for the action sport and youth lifestyle markets. Orange 21's primary brand, Spy Optic(TM), manufactures sunglasses and goggles targeted toward the action sports and youth lifestyle markets.

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Source: Orange 21 Inc.