Wolverine strengthen senior management

United States
Published:  17 June, 2014

Wolverine Worldwide announced on June 17 important organisational changes to strengthen its senior leadership team and help accelerate global growth.

International business development has long been a key driver for Wolverine Worldwide, and in 2011, the Company created a stand-alone International Group to place more focus on accelerating global growth and capitalizing on the significant opportunities that exist for the Company's portfolio of 16 lifestyle brands.  

Wolverine announced that James Zwiers has been appointed President of the International Group.  Zwiers has held numerous and increasingly significant leadership roles during his 16 years with the Company, including President, Performance Group; President, Outdoor Group; President, Hush Puppies USA; and Senior Vice President with responsibilities for strategy, business development, consumer direct and legal. 

Wolverine's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Blake W. Krueger, commented, "Our global business model is one of the key differentiators for Wolverine, and Jim Zwiers is uniquely qualified to lead the International Group as the Company expands the reach of its brands around the world."

The Company also announced that James A. Gabel will succeed Zwiers as President of the Performance Group, which is comprised of the Merrell, Saucony, Chaco, Cushe and Patagonia Footwear brands. Gabel brings to Wolverine a deep passion for performance brands, having most recently served as President of adidas Group Canada, where he was responsible for the successful growth and development of the adidas, Reebok, Rockport, Ashworth, Adams Golf and TaylorMade brands.  Prior to that, he was President of Reebok North America and also previously served in a variety of key roles with other performance brands that included Champion and Mizuno.

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