CEO & Chairman of the Board, Caleres
Diane Sullivan leads Caleres, a $2.8 billion diverse portfolio of global footwear brands including Sam Edelman, Famous Footwear, Allen Edmonds, Naturalizer, Vionic, and Dr. Scholl’s Shoes. Sullivan joined the company as president in 2004 and over the next 10 years became chief operating officer, member of the board of directors, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. Under her leadership, Caleres transformed from a company that sells shoes to a company that builds brands by using deep consumer insights to create powerful consumer connections.
Sullivan was named the Footwear News Person of the Year in 2018 and 2013, and has been named in the top 10 of the annual Footwear News Power 100 Most Influential Designers, Influencers and Leaders in the Shoe Industry for the last nine years.
Sullivan’s philanthropic passion was celebrated in 2017 when she received the Footwear News Icon Award for Social Impact, and she has been recognized by the Women’s Forum of New York for her commitment to gender parity. Sullivan serves on the board of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and was one of the founders of Two Ten’s Women in the Footwear Industry community (WIFI). She serves on the boards of Enterprise Holdings and Washington University and is an active member of Civic Progress, an organization of St. Louis area CEOs. She has presented as a guest lecturer at Washington University, Saint Louis University, Webster University, and the University of Missouri. Her more than two decades of experience in the footwear industry include serving as vice chairman of Phillips-Van Heusen’s Footwear Group and president and COO of the Stride Rite Corporation. Prior to that she held key brand management positions at The Mennen Company and M&M/Mars.
Sullivan received her MBA from Babson College and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston College.
Diane joined the Two Ten Board of Directors in 2011. She served as Chair of the Board from 2015-2017.
In 2010 Diane received The A.A. Bloom Award which honors an individual who has given greatly to Two Ten through his or her initiative, hard work, dedication and unselfish actions in the spirit of the late A.A. Bloom, one of the founders of Two Ten. Diane currently serves on the Executive, Development and Communications Committees.