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Wolverine enters 2021 with 2 exec moves

Jan 6, 2021 United States
Wolverine enters 2021 with 2 exec moves
Following up from Mike Jeppesen retirement, Jim Zwiers steps into the role as President, Global Operations Group. Matt Blonder takes on the eCommerce leadership position
On the 5th day of 2021 Wolverine made two executive move announcements: the appointment of Jim Zwiers as President, Global Operations Group, responsible for portfolio-wide sourcing, logistics, distribution, customer service, and information technology; and the appointment of Matt Blonder as its new President, Global eCommerce.

Zwiers will concurrently serve as President, International Group, a position he has held since 2014, and will remain Executive Vice President of the company and a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team. Blonder will report to Brendan Hoffman, Wolverine Worldwide’s President.

President, Global Operations Group

52 years old Zwiers has been with Wolverine Worldwide for almost 23 years, serving in many operational roles including President of the Performance Group and President of the Outdoor Group, along with leadership of the company’s global eCommerce and retail businesses. He has also held senior operational roles including Senior Vice President with responsibility for strategy, business development, and legal.

“Jim is uniquely and ideally suited to lead the Global Operations Group, and I could not be more pleased with this expansion of his role”, stated Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, adding: “His extensive experience with the Company’s brands and international operations, coupled with his digital background and successful implementation of speed-to-market initiatives, will help accelerate the Company’s digital-first transformation and global eCommerce growth.”

Zwiers succeeds Mike Jeppesen as President, Global Operations Group. Jeppesen, 60, is retiring after more than 33 years in the footwear industry, the last nine of which have been with Wolverine Worldwide. Jeppesen will remain in an advisory role through mid-year to assist with the transition. “I have been fortunate at Wolverine Worldwide to work with the best team in the industry, and I wish them continued success. Jim is a seasoned leader who knows our industry inside and out, and he is well-positioned to lead the Global Operations Group into the future as the Company accelerates its ongoing digital transformation”, Jeppesen commented.

President, Global eCommerce

Blonder brings to Wolverine Worldwide more than 20 years of omni-channel, consumer direct, digital marketing, and merchandising experience across a variety of well-known brands and retailers. Most recently, he was Global Head of Digital at Reebok, a division of adidas.

“I’m excited to join Wolverine Worldwide during a period of unprecedented digital growth for the Company and the industry overall. The Company’s diverse and well-positioned brand portfolio provides many opportunities to accelerate growth in the current environment, as we embrace a consumer direct mindset and forge even stronger connections between global consumers and our brands”, concluded Blonder.

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