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Caleres Names New President for Sam Edelman

Caleres has named John McPhee president of the Sam Edelman brand, reporting directly to Sam Edelman. He joins Caleres from Herman Miller Retail, where he served as president and COO since 2010. He was president of Design Within Reach before it was acquired by Herman Miller.

McPhee will partner with Edelman to take the brand to the next level. He brings substantial experience across multiple industries, including footwear, in his 35-year career. He will focus on the key areas of finance, inventory management and retail operations. This will allow Edelman to focus on creating product and marketing.

“With Sam and John we now have a winning blend of complementary skills for the Sam Edelman brand,” states Diane Sullivan, CEO, president and chairman of Caleres. “I am thrilled that John is joining us and look forward to the momentum that the combination of John and Sam as well as the rest of Sam’s team will bring to our business.”

“John is just the partner I have been looking for,” states Edelman. “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. Working together, I anticipate additional success as I trust his business sense and commitment to brand integrity.”

“Sam is an icon in the shoe industry,” states McPhee. “I am excited about collaborating with him and working with the Sam Edelman team to drive continued success through a relentless focus on operational excellence, superior product and deep consumer connection.”

John McPhee

The April/May 2024 Issue

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