Toros Dimitian announced as new President of Hush Puppies Canada

MONTREAL, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Hush Puppies Canada, part of the Wolverine World Wide group of companies (NYSE WWW), announced today that a new President will lead its Canadian operations. Toros Dimitian, who has served in a variety of senior management roles during his 14-year career with Hush Puppies, will take over from Dave Shepherd, who recently completed a 17-year run at the company including eight years as President.

"Toros has a strong background in branded footwear sales and operations, which makes him uniquely qualified to build on our brand in Canada," said Mark Neal, President of the Hush Puppies Company, the global parent company for the brand. "Toros' ability to combine passion with process will be a great asset as he leads the Hush Puppies team in Canada."

Mr. Dimitian will be working closely with the over 300 retailer partners who carry the brand in their stores. "Hush Puppies is renowned for its quality and comfort, and in Canada we have the best retail partners in the world. I look forward to working with them to enhance their offerings of Hush Puppies footwear for the Canadian consumer," said Mr. Dimitian.

Mr. Dimitian will work closely with Hush Puppies' retail division in an advisory capacity as the brand services its direct-to-consumer business in Canada. Hush Puppies opened two of its first corporately-owned concept stores in the world at the Fairview Pointe Claire and Carrefour Laval shopping centres in Montreal last fall. "These concept stores will continue to serve as a lab to make sure we offer our retailer partners the best in new product offerings from around the world," stated Mr. Dimitian.

Hush Puppies is one of the top casual footwear brands in the world. In Canada, the company carries footwear and accessories from the global Hush Puppies product range, and also designs and distributes the Canela and Steps by Hush Puppies brands as part of their Canadian product offering.

"Hush Puppies is already well-known for its warm waterproof shoes and boots here in Canada, and we look forward to creating more fashionable and on-trend footwear that incorporates our trademark quality and comfort," added Mr. Dimitian.

About Hush Puppies

Founded in 1958, Hush Puppies created America's first casual shoe, signalling the beginning of today's relaxed style. Since the beginning, the beloved Basset Hound has embodied the easy-going nature that is Hush Puppies. The loveable mascot quickly became synonymous with the brand. Today, Hush Puppies continues to innovate, bringing technical excellence and authentic, relaxed style to over 140 countries. Hush Puppies, with 18 million pairs sold annually, is headquartered in Rockford, Michigan and owned by Wolverine World Wide, Inc. Canadian Hush Puppies footwear and accessories are available at www.hushpuppies.ca.

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