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Skechers Expands Online Presence, Nike Sells Subsidiary & More

Skechers, which now has 3,547 stores worldwide that included 497 owned locations in the U.S. at 2019 end, intends to be online and direct-to-consumer in every global market it operates in by year-end. Also, SKX intends to open 75-85 new stores, predominantly in its warehouse format. Skechers will “re-platform” its U.S. ecommerce site this year before expanding it globally, will “beta test” a new loyalty program and revamp its store point-of-sale system to improve functionality and synergy with its online operations. Management continues to see international as the brand’s primary growth driver, citing double-digit increases in 2019 shipped pairs in Europe, Japan, India and Latin America.

John McPhee, president and COO of Herman Miller Retail since 2010, is joining Caleres as president of the Sam Edelman brand. He will report directly to brand founder Sam Edelman and focus on finance, inventory management and retail operations, allowing Edelman to focus on product and marketing. “John is the partner I have been looking for,” Edelman said in a statement. “Not only does he have deep knowledge from working within a public company, but he also brings entrepreneurial experience so essential to keeping pace with our consumer.”

The Outdoor Industry Association trade group has named Lise Aangeenbrug, currently executive director of the philanthropic Outdoor Industry Foundation, as is next executive director. She will begin in her new role next month, and will serve as president of the OIF as a search for a new executive director commences. The OIA vetted more than 400 and interviewed more than 50 for the ED position before deciding on Aangeenbrug. Her appointment has been approved by the OIA board.

Durham, NC-based Implus Corp., the parent company for brands including Balega, TriggerPoint and Spenco, has named Michael Polk as the interim CEO in the wake of the departures of CEO Seth Richards and President Todd Vore. Polk previously served as the president and CEO of Newell Brands, the parent company of brands including Rubbermaid, Yankee Candle and Marmot. Richards and Vore are leaving to pursue other opportunities, the brand said in a release.

In other moves, Shawn Osborne will be the new president and CEO of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, effective Feb. 17. Magnus Wedhammar, the former Sanuk VP/GM who previously worked for Sperry and Converse, is the new CEO of Toms Shoes. DTC wool footwear brand Allbirds has named  Nancy Green, president and Chief Creative Officer for Old Navy, to its board. And Travis Campbell has assumed the new position of President, Emerging Brands & Americas, at VF Corp., where he will oversee VF Canada, VF Mexico and Altra, Eagle Creek, JanSport, Smartwool and Kipling Americas. He starts his new position on March. 2. Tim Bantle, GM of Mountain Lifestyle and Urban Exploration for, moves to GM of VF Canada on the same day.

Nike  has sold its Brazilian subsidiary to publicly traded Grupo SBF, owner of the country’s retail brand Centauro, for the equivalent of approximately $208 million. Under the 10-year strategic partnership that grants exclusive distribution of the brand, publicly traded Grupo SBF has acquired Nike inventory, e-commerce business, and 24 stores in the market. There are also 15 Nike partner stores also involved in the transaction.