Executive Moves: Payless, Justin Brands, Nike

Meyer Tapped at Payless
Payless ShoeSource has appointed Andrew Meyer as SVP and GM for the women’s and accessories business.

He will be responsible for leading the buying teams for those sectors and setting product strategies at the Topeka, Kan.-based firm, a division of Collective Brands Inc. He also will oversee product creation and merchandising for brands, including Payless’ designer labels by Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Isabel Toledo and Silvia Tcherassi, as well as all accessory products for women, men and kids, and beauty and body products.

Meyer most recently served as VP and merchandise manager of women’s footwear for Famous Footwear, a division of Brown Shoe Co. He also has held positions at Just for Feet, a division of Footstar Inc.; and Venture Stores, part of the May Co.

Justin Chairman Chosen
Justin Brands Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, has named Randy Watson chairman and CEO of Justin Brands.

Watson was previously president and CEO. He joined Justin in 1993 and has 31 years of experience in the Western boot business.

In a related move, Watson has appointed Jamie Morgan, formerly VP of sales and marketing, as president of Justin Brands. Morgan joined the company in 1997 and has overseen product development and customer service, in addition to working closely with retailers.

Additionally, Herb Beckwith, CFO and SVP of finance, will now take on the role of SVP of international operations, focusing on expanding Justin’s presence in global markets.

Nike Names Hurley CEO
Nike Inc. announced Wednesday that Jim Calhoun has been tapped as VP and CEO of Hurley.

Calhoun previously was EVP and president of the Dockers brand, a division of Levi Strauss & Co. He also has held positions at Walt Disney Co. Before that, he worked for Nike, driving growth for the brand’s basketball business.

“Jim’s strong experience in consumer products and global brand management, and his talent as a merchant will be a great asset to Hurley as we continue to connect with consumers and grow the brand globally,” Roger Wyett, president of the Nike Inc. Affiliates, said in a statement.

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