National shoe industry charitable foundation elects industry veterans Blake Krueger
of Wolverine Worldwide and Diane Sullivan of Brown Shoe to serve as Chairman and Vice-Chair
WALTHAM, MA – January 23, 2014 – Two Ten Footwear Foundation today announced that it has elected two new officers and selection of six new members to its 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors. Leading the new board will be Chairman Blake Krueger, Chairman, CEO and President of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. and Vice-Chair Diane Sullivan, President and CEO of Brown Shoe Company. New Board members include David Bensadoun, President, ALDO Global Retail and ALDO Product Services; Patrik Frisk, President, Timberland; Dave Grange, President, of Lacoste Footwear North America; Scott Meden, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Nordstrom Shoe Division; Liz Rodbell, President of The Hudson’s Bay Company, and Clifton Sifford, President and CEO, Shoe Carnival, Inc.
“Over the last 75 years, the footwear industry has rallied together for one important social cause – promoting the dignity and welfare of shoepeople and strengthening our footwear community,” said Neal Newman, president of Two Ten. “Our wonderful and compassionate Board, led by Blake and Diane, are laser-focused on unifying the industry and supporting footwear families who need a hand. Six impressive footwear leaders join us this year who share our passion for community service and philanthropy. This is an exciting time for our industry.”
“Bringing the footwear industry closer together and helping our own has been at the heart of Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s mission since its humble beginnings during the depression at 210 Lincoln Street in Boston,” said Blake Krueger. “As Two Ten celebrates its 75th year of ‘Shoepeople helping Shoepeople,’ it is certainly an honor and privilege to serve as Chairman of this great organization. During my career in the footwear industry, Two Ten has been an important focus area of support for Wolverine Worldwide and for me personally. Lending our time, talent and financial assistance to Two Ten is a natural extension of how we support our communities and our footwear industry colleagues in times of need.”
Two Ten Footwear Foundation New Board Chairman and Vice-Chair
Blake W. Krueger is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, and a Director of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed international marketer of footwear, apparel and accessories with annual sales of approximately $2.7 billion. Wolverine’s portfolio of owned and licensed brands includes Merrell®, Sperry Top-Sider®, Hush Puppies®, Saucony®, Wolverine®, Keds®, Stride Rite®, Sebago®, Chaco®, Bates®, Hytest®, Soft Style®, Caterpillar® Footwear, Patagonia® Footwear and Harley-Davidson® Footwear, and its innovative products are sold around the world in more than 200 countries and territories through owned operations and third-party distributors. The Company’s brands have over 1,000 years of collective brand equity. Today, Wolverine is one of the largest footwear companies in the world.
Diane Sullivan is the President and CEO of $2.6 billion Brown Shoe Company. She has three decades of experience in the shoe industry through a variety of well-known brands. Today, Brown Shoe Company’s products are available virtually everywhere serving three key market segments. Its Family brands — Famous Footwear, Famous.com, and shoes.com — are one-stop-shopping destinations for high quality, affordable styles for a family’s every occasion. Active people who want comfort, style and performance can look to the Healthy Living brands — Naturalizer, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes, LifeStride and Ryka. And Contemporary Fashion brands — Via Spiga, Vince, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Carlos Santana and Fergie Footwear — keep fashionistas in step with the latest trends.