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Exec News: Shoes For Crews, VF and Salomon

In the fast-paced world of footwear, Vamp has all your industry moves all in one place. The following companies announced executive appointments.

Shoes For Crews

After his 14-year tenure at Timberland, Jim O’Connor has been named the new VP and general manager for Shoes For Crews, a global slip-resistant-footwear brand. Before joining Shoes For Crews, O’Connor served as the VP and general manager of Timberland’s Pro Series.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim to the SFC family,” said CEO Stuart Jenkins in the release. “He’s a proven footwear veteran who grew the Pro business at Timberland significantly, introduced the business-to-business model there and opened new markets for the brand.”

“We’ll put that experience to work as we build our Ace industrial brand into the global leader in slip-resistant safety footwear, and protect men and women working in tough and dangerous jobs,” said Jenkins.


VF Corp. named Joe Alkire VP of investor relations and financial planning and analysis. The appointment is effective immediately and he will report to Scott Roe, VF’S CFO.

Before this appointment, Alkire was VP of corporate finance at VF, focusing on financial and strategic planning for the corporation. VF also mentions that Alkire had significant involvement in the company’s mergers and acquisitions. He’s been an employee at VF since 2010.

“Joe is a proven and accomplished professional with strong experience across multiple aspects of corporate finance,” said Roe in the release. “The breadth of his career combined with his deep knowledge of VF’s business and intimate involvement in our ongoing strategic planning activities make him ideally suited to lead investor relations for VF.”


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Athletic footwear and apparel brand Salomon, has named Guillaume Meyzenq as their new VP of footwear. Meyzenq has been an employee with Salomon since 1996 and was previously VP of commercial footwear. He will work under Salomon president Jean-Marc Pambet.

“Guillaume has delivered strong contributions to footwear projects during the past eight years, gathering the required competencies and leadership to take on this new responsibility,” said Pambet in a statement. “He has multicultural and business experience, he has managed product creation, and he has expertise in commercial activities.”

“I’m thrilled to take on this expanded role as vice president of footwear for the Salomon brand,” said Meyzenq. “I look forward to leading our passionate and experienced footwear team as we continue to grow our trail running leadership position, expand into road running, and evolve our pioneering hiking and mountaineering range. Our goal is to continue to introduce new innovations and consumer experiences.”