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Shuffle Board: Honeywell Hires Toms Exec, Pentland’s CEO Joins Keds

Catch up on the latest executive moves from around the footwear industry.

Honeywell Taps Toms Exec to Lead Retail Business
The parent company of The Original Muck Boot Company is relying on experience to drive its retail business.

Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) announced Wednesday the appointment of Craig Reingold a 25-year veteran of the footwear industry, to lead its global retail business. Reingold, who will report to SPS President and CEO John Waldron, will be responsible for developing and executing strategic growth plans for the business.

The Honeywell Retail brands includes The Original Muck Boot Company, Xtratuf Boots, Neos, Oliver Safety Boots by Honeywell, Ranger and Servus.

“We see tremendous opportunity to accelerate growth in all our retail products,” said Waldron. “Craig has a successful track record of growing brands, as well as the leadership skills and operational expertise necessary to help unlock the full potential of our Retail businesses.”

Before joining Honeywell, Reingold served as Toms Shoes’ general manager, Americas, where he developed and led a long-term growth strategy for the business. Prior to that he worked for Wolverine Worldwide/Collective Brands, where he served as global brand president of the Sperry Top-Sider brand. Reingold also worked for Ariat International and Keds Corp.

Keds Poaches Pentland CEO
Keds wants better distribution. The Wolverine Worldwide-company named Dave Grange vice president of sales, North America.

In a press release, the company called Grange’s hiring “emblematic of an eye towards growing the brand’s presence in key retailers across the U.S., expanding into premium distribution and continuing to elevate the brand.”

Prior to joining Keds, Grange spent 16 years at Pentland Brands in various roles. Most recently, he served as Pentland Brands CEO overseeing the profit and loss statement for the wholesale business, focusing primarily on Lacoste footwear and Ted Baker. Previously at Pentland, Grange was president of Lacoste footwear in North America, driving topline growth of the brand over a three-year period.

“Dave brings years of expertise, specifically with global heritage brands and growing sales where brand recognition is already in place,” said Keds President Gillian Meek. “We were the first athletic shoe created specifically for women and Dave is a seasoned footwear executive who not only honors brand legacy but has a shining track record of growing sales for iconic brands such as Keds.”