Shoes For Crews, a producer of slip-resistant footwear, and its majority shareholder, CCMP Capital, have named industry veteran Stuart Jenkins to the post of president, CEO and chief innovation officer.
Current CEO and founder Matt Smith will become chairman of the board of directors, and Stan Smith, founder and current chairman, will become chairman emeritus.
Jenkins joins the company after eight years with Deckers Outdoor Corp., where he served as SVP, innovation and product development. He joined Deckers in 2008 as president of Mozos, a line of protective footwear for the culinary-services industry. His responsibilities range from production to corporate culture-building.
“Stuart is a natural-born leader,” said Rich Zannino, SFC lead director and a managing director at CCMP Capital. “He has consistently driven outsized profitable growth at a wide range of footwear companies through sound business strategies, launching innovative new products and processes and invigorating organizations with his entrepreneurial approach to leadership.”
Added Matt Smith, “We are pleased to welcome Stuart to the Shoes For Crews family as our new CEO, making him only the third CEO in our 35-year history. Stuart’s focus on using technology and innovation to build brands and drive growth, as well as the extensive experience he brings from a highly successful track record in the footwear industry, make him the perfect leader for our company.”