The Stride Rite Corporation (NYSE: SRR), a leading marketer of casual and active footwear for children and adults, today announced that Richie Woodworth has joined the Company as President of Tommy Hilfiger Footwear. He will report to the company's newly appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Richard T. Thornton.
Mr. Woodworth was previously President of National Hockey League Enterprises, were he was responsible for all non-team activities of the league. Prior to that role, he was President and CEO of the Greg Norman Collection, a division of Reebok International, LTD. for eight years. Richie also held senior sales and marketing roles in several athletic companies.
Richie was a member of the US Ski Team from 1973 – 1976, and the top ranked American on the World Ski Tour for several years before he began his business career.
Rick Thornton, Stride Rite's President and COO commented, ''I am pleased that someone with Richie's background and abilities is joining our organization. I am confident that Richie is the right person to continue to grow the Tommy Hilfiger licensed footwear business.''
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.