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DSW Names New Presidents

On the heels of last year}s acquisitions of Camuto Group and Town Shoes Limited (TSL), DSW is restructuring its leadership hierarchy under CEO Roger Rawlins. Effective Feb. 3, 2019, Bill Jordan will be promoted to president of DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, accountable for the entire DSW business in the U.S. and Canada. Jordan joined the company in 2006 and previously held roles as DSW’s general counsel and chief administrative officer before being appointed president of TSL. In this role, he led its successful acquisition and integration, delivering strong results while turning the business around in 2018.

In addition, Mary Turner will be promoted to president of the Shoe Company and Shoe Warehouse banners in Canada, developing plans to expand these smaller-footprint family-friendly value chains in the U.S. Turner joined TSL in 2017 as CMO and was later named COO. Previously, she was an executive with Hudson’s Bay Company for nearly 20 years.

Debbie Ferrée will be promoted to vice chair and president of DSW Inc. and will focus on growing strategic vendor relationships across all of the brands. Ferrée, who serves as the company’s vice chair, was previously DSW’s CMO, and has been with DSW since 1997. Ferrée will be succeeded as CMO by Jim Weinberg, who has been with DSW since 2015 as GMM for the company’s women’s footwear and exclusive brands business.

Ferrée, Jordan and Turner will join previously named Camuto Group President Simon Nankervis in reporting to DSW Inc. CEO Roger Rawlins.

“DSW Inc. experienced an incredible year of growth in 2018, acquiring two businesses and transforming our enterprise,” states Rawlins. “Our goal now is to connect resources and deliver growth across our enterprise. Creating president-level leadership and delineating our brands will create consistency and efficiency.”

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