Brown Shoe Company has named Richard Ausick as president of its Bennett footwear division, replacing Bruce Ginsberg, who announced his retirement last May. Ausick, who was previously vice president and chief merchandising officer for Brown’s Famous Footwear chain, will take on responsibility for growing the Via Spiga, Franco Sarto, Etienne Aigner and Nickels Soft brands, in addition to general operations. Other recent promotions at Brown Shoe include Mark Lardie to senior vice president and general merchandising manager for Famous Footwear and Jeff J. Sonday to senior vice president of finance for Bennett.