Caleres has reshuffled its senior management, a move which it expects will ensure “greater alignment with its strategic direction, accelerate its growth initiatives, unlock the power of its portfolio of brands and drive sustainable, long-term value for its shareholders.”
Under the reorganization announced in December, Jay Schmidt was named president of the company and assumes responsibility of the consumer and brand strategy for the American company’s entire portfolio, which includes Famous Footwear, Allen Edmonds, Dr. Scholl’s, Naturalizer, Sam Edelman and Vionic, among others. Schmidt was previously division president in charge of the brand portfolio.
The company also appointed Lydia Park Luis as president in charge of the New York brand portfolio and will have responsibility for the company’s international business. She was previously CEO of Jack Rogers where she oversaw the rebranding and reorganization of the 60-year-old footwear brand. Prior to Jack Rogers, she was chief commercial officer of Rag & Bone and held leadership positions at Tory Burch, where she led the U.S. wholesale business and international operations and licensing.
Caleres also promoted Keith Duplain to president in charge of the St. Louis brand portfolio. Duplain has been with Caleres for 15 years. The company said that he played an instrumental role in reconceptualizing and growing the Dr. Scholl’s brand and has been leading the organization’s sustainability efforts.
The company also formed a new digital acceleration team. Willis Hill, Caleres’ senior vice president and chief information officer, will assemble the core digital team, formulate a strategy, execute the plan and drive further ecommerce growth across the entire portfolio.