Brown Shoe appoints new chairman of the board
Diane Sullivan joined Brown Shoe as president in 2004.
Brown Shoe’s directors have appointed Diane Sullivan as chairman of the board. Currently president and chief executive, she will take up her additional role in February 2014, when current chairman Ron Fromm steps down.
Since taking up her current positions in May 2011, Ms Sullivan has focused on aligning the USA-based company’s brands and businesses with both its mission and strategic financial goals. Over the past two years, key personnel at Brown Shoe have worked to realign its portfolio at the infrastructure, retail and brand levels.
Ms Sullivan joined Brown Shoe in 2004 as president, and two years later assumed the additional role of chief operating officer. In 2007, she was elected to the board of directors. Prior to arriving at Brown Shoe, Ms Sullivan worked at Phillips-Van Heusen as vice chairman of footwear, before which she was a member of the board of directors at the Stride Rite Corporation, where she held the roles of corporation president and chief operating officer. In addition to her work at Brown Shoe, Ms Sullivan serves on several footwear industry boards.
This article was originally published on page 6 of the July/August 2013 issue of SATRA Bulletin.