Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) announced today the appointment of Alan Thomson to the position of Managing Director for the Company's Caterpillar Footwear European operations. Thomson will report to Blake W. Krueger, President of Caterpillar Footwear, and will be responsible for all aspects of the Caterpillar UK and European businesses.
“CAT Footwear is a leading global brand with a historically strong presence in the UK and Europe,” stated Krueger. “With almost fifty percent of the CAT footwear global pairs currently sold in the European market, Alan is joining us in a pivotal role. We believe the brand has significant upside potential in this key global market and that there exists a great opportunity for continued growth. Alan is a footwear industry veteran with strong brand- building experience, having held positions at both Timberland and Reebok. With his exceptional leadership skills and his proven track record of success, we expect that he will make an immediate impact and help accelerate the current momentum of the CAT Footwear brand in Europe.”
“Working with Blake Krueger and the rest of the CAT Footwear team is a tremendous opportunity to make a strong brand name even stronger,” stated Alan Thomson. “Helping the CAT brand realize its full potential in the European market is a challenge I look forward to as I work with the CAT team to develop a highly focused product and marketing effort.”
Thomson joins CAT Footwear having most recently served as Commercial Director for Timberland's European operations, where he was directly responsible for the European subsidiaries and agencies which experienced significant profitable growth under his leadership. He also spent several years with Reebok and has worked in the branded consumer goods industry for more than 25 years.