The Finish Line names Sato president
Indianapolis — Samuel M. Sato, formerly president, Finish Line brand, has been named as president, The Finish Line Inc. The board of directors also elected him to the board, filling the Class II director position previously held by Bill Kirkendall.
Sato joined Finish Line in March 2007 as executive VP and chief merchandising officer. He was then named president and chief merchandising officer in Aug. 2010 before assuming the role as president of the Finish Line brand in Oct. 2012. He has worked on vendor partnerships, marketing and digital initiatives and store operations. Sato started his executive retail career at Nordstrom in 1985 prior to joining Finish Line.
Crocs shuffles management team
Niwot, Colo. — Crocs Inc. is enacting several key management changes, including the appointment of Bob Munroe to general manager of Crocs Americas region; Greg Sullivan to the new role of senior VP of global business transformation; Scott Yuan to general manager of Greater China; and Michelle Poole to senior VP of global product creation and merchandising.
Veteran footwear and consumer products executive Bob Munroe has been named the new general manager of Crocs Americas region. Before joining Crocs, Munroe spent 10 years with Reebok, most recently as president following the brand's acquisition by Adidas, Since leaving Reebok, Munroe has led a number of startup companies, including most recently serving as president of IdeaPaint. As general manager of Crocs Americas region, Munroe will be responsible for managing the region's wholesale, internet and direct-to-consumer channels.
Former GM of the Americas Greg Sullivan is assuming the new role of senior VP of global business transformation. Sullivan joined the company in Oct. 2013.
In Asia, the company has named Scott Yuan to general manager of Greater China for Crocs. Yuan is an experienced consumer products executive and has been serving as assistant general manager of the company's China business since earlier this year. He will be based in Shanghai and replaces Ted Lee, who will leave the company later this year.
Dale Bathum, chief product officer for Crocs since 2012, will transition product leadership responsibilities to Michelle Poole through Nov. 20, 2014, when he will depart to pursue other interests. Poole has been appointed to the lead global role for product and merchandising, as senior VP for global product creation and merchandising. Poole joined Crocs in Aug. 2014 after five years as senior VP of product for Sperry Top-Sider. In addition to her merchandising role, she will assume all product responsibilities previously led by Bathum.
NRF and others urge quick resolution to labor negotions on West Coast ports
New York —A group of 104 national, state and local organizations–representing farmers, manufacturers, retailers, transportation providers and others–signed a letter urging the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) “to quickly conclude a new labor agreement…to allay growing concerns of thousands of businesses who rely on West Coast ports for orderly and timely supply chain operations.”
The letter authored, distributed and organized by the National Federation and signed by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, American Farm Bureau, Consumer Electronics Association, National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others follows a letter NRF sent ealier this month to the ILWU and PMA, which pointed to increasing congestion concerns along the West Coast ports.
“As you know retailers began instituting costly contingency plans in early 2014 to ensure that merchandise would reach stores in time for the critical holiday shopping season, NRF president and CEO Matt Shay stated in the letter. “The current congestion at West Coast ports has eviscerated those preparations in many cases which may cause critical merchandise to miss target on-sale dates.”
Shay called finalizing a new labor contract as an absolutely critical component to working through the backlog of shipping containers now piling up at West Coast ports. “We are deeply troubled by the fact that no apparent progress has been made in the negotiations since August, when the PMA and ILWU announced a “tentative deal” on health benefits,” he stated. “Whether intentional or not, the fact that neither the PMA nor ILWU has made any public progress report in more than a month is sending a very troublesome and disconcerting signal."