In Brief: Shoebox in the Caribbean … Soles4Souls Promotes

NexCen Expands Shoebox to Caribbean
Shoebox New York recently bowed its first franchised store in Palm Beach Plaza in Aruba, parent company NexCen Brands Inc. announced Tuesday.

“With the opening of this Shoebox New York franchised store, we are delighted to introduce this retail concept in Aruba,” Kenneth Hall, CEO of NexCen, said in a statement. “As we continue to extend the global footprint of our franchised brands, we look forward to exploring additional opportunities throughout the Caribbean.”

Last year, NexCen, which owns the retail chain with The Camuto Group, opened stores in the Middle East and Africa and revealed plans to bow more in those areas over the next few years.

Keith Woodley Promoted at Soles4Souls Inc.
Shoe charity Soles4Souls Inc. has promoted footwear industry veteran Keith Woodley to the new position of chief development officer, effective immediately.

Woodley, footwear veteran, started at Soles4Souls in March as VP of strategic development.

“This is a new position within our organization, and we chose Woodley because he has proven his value through strong development and strategic placement of the Soles4Souls brand in various channels,” Wayne Elsey, Soles4Souls founder and CEO, said in a statement. “We are very pleased with this decision and confident it will facilitate our strategic plan to give away a pair of shoes every second in 2010.”

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