Designer Brands has appointed its vice chairwoman Debbie Ferrée as president of Camuto Group, a role she has held on an interim basis since August 2020. She will continue with the task of integrating Camuto into Designer Brands.
The American company has also named William “Bill” Jordan as president of Designer Brands. Jordan was named Designer Brands’ chief growth officer in February 2020 and will continue to hold the job in his new role. Both appointments are effective from June 22.
As part of Camuto’s integration, the unit’s sourcing and supply chain business functions will move under Jordan in Designer Brands’ shared services organization. The company expects the move will enhance its speed to market.
Designer Brands operates nearly 700 retail locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company and Shoe Warehouse banners. It also designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto, which sell in more than 5,400 stores worldwide. Camuto owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson footwear business and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand.
Through a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, Designer Brands also owns a stake in Vince Camuto, Louise et Cie and other brands.