Wolverine Worldwide makes leadership changes

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Joelle Grunberg Courtesy Wolverine Worldwide

Wolverine Worldwide is making organizational consolidations.

The Rockford-based maker of footwear and apparel said Monday that Todd Spaletto is departing the company, and his role as president of the Michigan Group will not be filled.

To reorganize the leadership structure, Wolverine is appointing Chris Hufnagel, Joelle Grunberg and Tom Kennedy to the company’s

executive leadership team with responsibilities for oversight of additional brands within Wolverine’s portfolio.

The three executives will report directly to Blake Krueger, Wolverine’s chair, president and CEO.

“During this unprecedented period of economic disruption, we are making important changes to our leadership team and organizational structure to make the company more nimble and better positioned to seize the opportunities that lie ahead,” Krueger said. “This new structure will accelerate our biggest growth initiatives. … We will also realize meaningful cost savings under the new structure.”

Joelle Grunberg

Grunberg was named global president of Sperry in February. She will continue in that role, and Saucony, Keds and the Wolverine Kids Group also will now report to her.

Chris Hufnagel

Chris Hufnagel Courtesy Wolverine Worldwide

Hufnagel is a 10-year employee of the company and was named global president of Merrell in

September 2019. He will continue in that role, and CAT Footwear, Chaco and Hush Puppies also will now report to him.

Tom Kennedy

Kennedy has been with Wolverine for five years and was named global president of the Wolverine brand in February. He will continue in that role, and Bates, HYTEST and Harley-Davidson Footwear also will now report to him.

“I am proud of how our team members have stepped up

Tom Kennedy Courtesy Wolverine Worldwide

and taken quick action to protect and enhance the power of our brands and the financial integrity of our business,” Krueger said. “We have a strong portfolio and diversified

global distribution network. Many of our brands are resonating with consumers in this current environment, and I believe these changes will make us stronger as we emerge from this crisis.

“The Michigan Group made significant accomplishments under Todd’s leadership, and we want to thank him for his great work and wish him only the very best.”

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