Footlocker makes mid-year executive moves

Richard Johnson and Robert McHugh have seen their responsibilities expanded at Foot Locker, as the footwear retailer looks to enhance its focus on its retail and direct-to-customer business segments.

The company said it would consolidate the reporting of all its retail store businesses under Johnson, who was promoted to EVP and group president of retail stores with responsibility for all domestic and international banners. Johnson previously served as president and CEO of the company’s U.S. division, and he picks up international responsibility as Ronald Halls prepares to retire as head of that division later this summer.

McHugh was promoted to EVP operations support with responsibility for information systems, technology, real estate, logistics, sourcing and something called Team Edition. McHugh previously served as CFO. Meanwhile, the company’s direct-to-customer business segment now reports directly to chairman, president and CEO Ken Hicks.

“This senior management reorganization will allow us to focus our key business units on improving our execution and continue to build on the success of our businesses,” Hicks said. “In particular, consistent with our strategic priorities, it will also enable us to strengthen our brands and put more emphasis on our high potential growth areas of .com and international development."

In other moves, Lauren Peters was named EVP and CFO to replace McHugh who had held that position since 2005. Peters was previously the company’s SVP of strategic planning.

Footlocker operates 3,400 stores in 22 countries.