ROCKFORD, Mich., Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) today announced the appointment of Pat O'Malley as president of the Saucony brand. He succeeds Richie Woodworth, who was recently appointed president of the Company's Lifestyle Group. In his new role, Mr. O'Malley will report directly to Jim Gabel, President of Wolverine Worldwide's Performance Group.
Mr. O'Malley has more than 25 years of experience in the footwear industry, most recently serving as Saucony's Senior Vice President for Global Product. During this time, Mr. O'Malley has developed game-changing products that have driven Saucony to become one of the top brands in the industry. Mr. O'Malley also led the launches of the innovative ISOFIT® and EVERUN® collections. Prior to his 12 years with Saucony, Mr. O'Malley held various leadership positions with both Nike and Reebok.
"A veteran of the industry and of our Saucony brand, Pat O'Malley has continuously proven his ability to build innovative and industry-leading teams," said Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. "We are excited Pat will be bringing his skills as a strategic partner and determined leader to the leadership role for the Saucony brand. Wolverine's vision is to build a family of the most admired performance and lifestyle brands on earth, and we are pleased to have Pat continue to contribute to that goal in his new role."
Mr. O'Malley commented, "Saucony has a long and rich history, with a great track record of game-changing products. I am excited by the opportunity to continue the brand's success and drive growth for the Saucony footwear and apparel businesses. I look forward to working with our team as we invite more consumers to 'find their strong.'"
Pat O'Malley earned a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maine.
ABOUT SAUCONY Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including the "Geometry of Strong™, PWRGRID+™, ISOFIT™, EVERUN™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.
ABOUT WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is one of the world's leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children's and uniform footwear and apparel. The Company's portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Merrell®, Sperry®, Hush Puppies®, Saucony®, Wolverine®, Keds®, Stride Rite®, Sebago®, Chaco®, Bates®, HYTEST®, and Soft Style®. The Company also is the global footwear licensee of popular brands including Cat® and Harley-Davidson®. The Company's products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in approximately 200 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit our website, www.wolverineworldwide.com.
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