Saucony Names New VP

NEW YORK — Lexington, Mass.-based Saucony Inc., a division of the Stride Rite unit of Collective Brands Inc., announced Thursday the appointment of Fran Allen to the newly created position of SVP of global sales.

Allen will assume his new position beginning Sept. 8 and be responsible for building a global distribution network.

Allen previously worked for Foot-Joy and most recently New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc.

“[Allen] is a forward-thinking industry veteran who’s experienced in strategically directing fast-paced global growth, making him the perfect choice to further drive Saucony’s brand expansion,” said Richie Woodworth, president of Saucony, in a statement.