The Stride Rite Corporation (SRR:NYSE) announced today that James F. Orr III has been elected to its Board of Directors.
''We are excited to have Jim Orr joining our Board. His vast experience as a senior executive and CEO in the financial services industry, including insurance, banking, brokerage and investment management, will be extremely beneficial to our Company'', said David Chamberlain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Orr has served as Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation since December 2000. From May 2000 to December 2001, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston-based United Asset Management Corporation (UMA), one of the largest publicly owned investment management companies in the world. In 1999, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UNUM Provident Corporation, a global provider of group disability and other types of insurance. From 1987 to 1999, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its predecessor, UNUM Corporation. He also was Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Connecticut Bank & Trust Company and President of Cardinal Management Company, a Boston investment management firm. Mr. Orr currently serves as a director of Mellon Financial Corporation, Nashua Corporation and Steelpoint Technologies.
Mr. Orr, 60, received a bachelor's degree in science from Villanova University and a master's degree in business administration from Boston University. He is currently a trustee of Bates College and Villanova University, an overseer of the Harvard School of Public Health and a member of the Children's Hospital Trust in Boston.
The Stride Rite Corporation markets the leading brand of high quality children's shoes in the United States. Other footwear products for children and adults are marketed by the Company under well-known brand names, including Keds, Sperry Top-Sider, Tommy Hilfiger, Grasshoppers and Munchkin. Information about the Company is available on our website – www.strideritecorp.com. Information about the Company's brands and product lines is available at www.striderite.com, www.keds.com, www.ProKeds.com and www.sperrytopsider.com.