Jones Group shuffles executive leadership

New York City The Jones Group said Friday it is realigning its management in the company’s footwear, accessories and retail business, effective immediately.

Rick Paterno, formerly president, Wholesale Better Footwear Brands, has been appointed group president of Footwear, responsible for all of Jones' wholesale footwear businesses, both domestically and internationally.

Ron Offir, formerly president of e-commerce, has been appointed president, Jones Direct Group. Offir will be responsible for all of Jones' direct-to-consumer businesses, including company-owned and e-commerce retail.

Both Paterno and Offir will report directly to Richard Dickson, president and CEO of Branded Businesses. Dina Battipaglia, group president of Handbags, and Fran Lukas, group president of Jones Jewelry Group will also report to Dickson.

The company said the reorganization follows the departures of Andrew Cohen, formerly CEO of Footwear, Accessories and Retail, and Jay Friedman, who formerly led the company-owned retail business.

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