Pickerington, Ohio-based R.G. Barry Corp. appointed Jay Smith its China-based VP of sourcing last month.
With 25 years of experience, Smith was most recently a principal with Asian Partners Ltd., a consulting, product development and sourcing firm based in China. Smith also has held executive positions at Blue Ribbon Sports, Keds, New Balance, Brooks, Reebok, L.A. Gear and Voit Sports.
“Jay’s background and experience fits perfectly with the needs resulting from the expansion of our operations in China,” SVP of global operations Glenn Evans said in a statement. “A manager of Jay’s quality and background will be critically important as we identify and develop strategic sourcing options in Asia that will maximize our overall performance and long-term profitability.”
Pediped Appoints Director of Marketing
Children’s footwear brand Pediped hired Hillary Frei as the new director of marketing in February.
A native of Nevada, where Pediped is based, Frei will work to drive global branding efforts. Her experience includes serving as brand manager at General Mills Inc. for six years.
“Hillary brings a wealth of brand management experience to Pediped,” COO Rudy Glocker said in a statement. “She will be pivotal in continuing to drive awareness of the Pediped brand by creating innovative marketing programs.”