12 Nov Famous Footwear Appoints New President
Caleres named Michael Edwards president of Famous Footwear, effective November 20. Edwards joined Caleres in 2008, most recently serving as senior vice president of digital commerce, planning, allocation and stores. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility in Famous Footwear including chief customer officer, senior vice president of merchandise planning and analytics and vice president, sales and store operations.
Edwards will replace Molly Adams, who resigned her position, effective November 20, 2020, to pursue an opportunity outside the organization. Adams, formerly EVP, global merchandising and product development at Walt Disney, became Famous Footwear’s president in May 2018.
“Mike is a capable and successful leader who has seen the business through every lens,” said Diane Sullivan, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “I am confident he will use his institutional knowledge and his extensive digital commerce, operating, product and marketing experience to further the positive momentum within our largest brand. His deep understanding of the Famous customer and strong leadership abilities will be essential as we remain focused on growing sales and profit, executing on consumer strategies and delivering the Famous vision. We want to be the first and only choice for family footwear. The board and senior executive team look forward to working closely with Mike to make that happen. We thank Molly for her contributions over the last two years and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
“I have a true passion for this business, the utmost confidence in the Famous go-forward strategy, and I am honored to lead this significant part of the Caleres portfolio,” said Edwards. “Famous Footwear is expertly positioned to excel in any market environment through our ability to offer the national brands she wants, when and where she wants to shop – online and in-store. Athletic and sport-inspired styles, our sweet spot, are exactly what the customer is looking for in this environment. We have the right team and tools in place to leverage what we’ve learned, build upon our successes, advance our goals and deliver value to all of our stakeholders.”