NEW YORK — The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America announced on Monday that Peter Mangione will be stepping down as president of the association.
According to a statement, Mangione will assist the organization in recruiting a new hire to the position.
“For nearly 30 years, Peter has provided our membership with professional guidance and leadership on government and international issues of importance to the footwear sector,” commented Jim Issler, president and CEO of H.H. Brown and chairman of the FDRA. “During Peter’s tenure, the FDRA helped end the quota on shoes in the 1980s, eliminate a $150 million countervailing duty assessment on shoes from Brazil in the 1990s, helped defeat Congressional moves to end China’s MFN status, promoted the elimination of import duties on shoes, and has continued to stimulate industry awareness through educational conferences focused on overseas labor and environmental compliance.”
Also of note, Mangione helped grow the organization’s members to 120 domestic and international retailers, agents, wholesalers and suppliers. When he first joined the organization, its membership consisted of 39 domestic retail chains.
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“The rapidly changing face of the shoe distribution sector and the need for the FDRA to help its members respond to an ever-changing environment calls for new directions in leadership, and I look forward to facilitating the transition,” Mangione said in the statement.