The label’s parent company, Wolverine World Wide Inc., confirmed last Thursday that Sible, Merrell’s brand president, is retiring. He will remain in his current position until the end of the year. Outdoor Group President James Zwiers is expected to take over Sible’s duties, according to a source within the company.
Sible was tapped as president of the Merrell brand in 2007 by the late Jacques Lavertue, who at the time was president of Wolverine’s Outdoor Group. Sible was appointed to the top post at the Outdoor Group following Lavertue’s death in November 2007.
Earlier this year, he returned to the president’s post at Merrell when Zwiers assumed the reins.
Retailers said they were disappointed to see Sible leave the brand.
“I definitely think he’s too young to retire,” said David Zaken, owner of the David Z stores in New York. “Scott is definitely a leader in our industry. I hope he’s going to surprise us all and come back.” Sible and Zwiers were not available for comment by press time.