Join us as we talk with Molly Adams, President of Famous Footwear, about her professional journey, leading one of the country’s largest footwear retail business, and how she keeps everything in perspective.
Molly Adams joined Caleres in May 2018 as president of Famous Footwear, the largest brand in the Caleres portfolio with $1.6 billion in annual revenue in 2017. With over 1,000 stores in the United States and Canada as well as famous.com and famous.ca, Famous Footwear offers great casual and athletic brands for the entire family with convenient, curated, affordable collections. Adams leads strategy, financial planning, product development, merchandise assortment, and marketing for Famous Footwear, with particular focus on consumer engagement, store productivity, and omnichannel initiatives.
Adams came to Caleres from The Walt Disney Company, where she was executive vice president, Global Merchandising and Product Development, since 2008. There she led two multibillion-dollar business areas and a combined global merchandising and product development team. Prior to Disney, Adams spent eight years at Anchor Blue Retail Group, a family-owned specialty fashion retail chain, as senior vice president, general merchandise manager, and divisional merchandise manager. She also served as president of Stony Apparel Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of juniors’ and kids’ fashion apparel, and early in her career held a variety of retail positions at major department stores and specialty retail stores in merchandising, buying, sales, and management.
Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Tennessee. She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council, Haslam College of Business, at the University of Tennessee, and is a member of the Parents’ Leadership Council at Southern Methodist University.