Shoe Carnival CEO to step down

Evansville, Ind. -- Shoe Carnival announced that Mark L. Lemond is retiring for health reasons from his positions as president, CEO and director effective Oct. 27.

"Due to certain health reasons and my desire to spend more time with my family, I have decided to retire at the end of this fiscal quarter,” Lemond said.  “It has been my great pleasure to have been associated with this company for nearly 25 years and to have been its CEO for 16 years. In my opinion, we have assembled the best executive management team in the retail footwear industry.”

Clifton E. Sifford, currently executive VP – general merchandise manager, will succeed Lemond as president and chief executive on a permanent basis, and will also have the title of chief merchandising officer, effective Oct. 27. Sifford will also join the board of directors.

In other promotions, W. Kerry Jackson, currently executive VP – CFO and treasurer, will assume the additional position of COO.


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