Stride Rite President Ira Hernowitz has left his role with the children’s brand. A representative of Stride Rite confirmed the departure. Rockford, Mich. based Wolverine Worldwide Inc owns the label.
Hernowitz joined Stride Rite in November 2013. Prior to his time at the label, he was the EVP of “R” brands at Toys ‘R’ Us and also held executive roles at Melissa & Doug, Hasbro and Tyco.
The company confirmed that it has brought Chris Hufnagel, head of strategy, investor relations and communications for Wolverine, on board as the interim Stride Rite president while the search for Hernowitz’s replacement gets underway.