Stride Rite Taps Puma Exec for Keds Post

NEW YORK — Collective Brands Inc.’s Stride Rite division will announce today that former Puma exec Tom Morgan will join Keds in the newly created role of SVP of global sales at Keds Group and GM of Pro-Keds.

Beginning in early October, Morgan will manage domestic and international sales for the ailing Keds brand, in addition to the Grasshoppers and Pro-Keds brands.

Morgan spent 10 years at Puma and most recently served as SVP of sales and merchandising at Puma North America, where he oversaw the brand’s U.S. sales operations and distribution.

“Tom brings with him more than 20 years of industry experience and will play an integral role in our ongoing efforts to align the organization around our strategic initiatives and growth opportunities,” said Stride Rite President and CEO Greg Ribatt.

The company is still on the hunt for a new Keds president to replace Shawn Neville, who announced his departure in July after four years at his post.

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