Designer Brands announces new CEO

United States
Published:  09 January, 2023
Credit: Designer Shoe Warehouse

Footwear manufacturer Designer Brands has announced a planned CEO transition for 2023, with Doug Howe to lead the company from April.

Designer Shoe Warehouse President Doug Howe will succeed Roger Rawlins as CEO of the group from April 1, 2023.

Rawlins will reportedly continue to work for the company as a Strategic Advisor for 12 months before fully leaving the business.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Roger for his leadership and unparalleled commitment to Designer Brands over the past 17 years," said Jay Schottenstein, Executive Chairman of Designer Brands' Board of Directors.

"Roger has been at the forefront of Designer Brands' transformation from a shoe retailer to a brand builder. From launching DSW.com, which now accounts for over US$1 billion in demand, to leading the acquisition of our Canadian operations and integrating a world-class design, sourcing and wholesale business, Roger has been instrumental in leading Designer Brands and has set us up for success in achieving our long-range plan.”

Howe has over three decades of experience in the retail sector across digital retail channels, department stores and mass retailers, joining the Designer Brands team in May 2022, previously serving as Chief Merchandising Officer at Kohl's.