Wolverine World Wide, Inc. Announces Management Promotions



    ROCKFORD, Mich., Oct. 25 /CNW/ -- Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE:   WWW)
today announced several key promotions and organizational changes relating to
its corporate and branded operations.
    Stephen L. Gulis, Jr. will be appointed President, Global Operations
Group, a move that will become effective in 2008, and will remain an Executive
Vice President of the Company.  Mr. Gulis currently serves the Company as
Chief Financial Officer, a role he will continue to fulfill until his
replacement as CFO has been named and fully integrated into the Company.  The
Company will conduct an outside search for a new CFO.  Mr. Gulis will replace
Arthur G. Croci, who will be retiring from Wolverine in 2008, as head of the
Global Operations Group.  Mr. Gulis has been with Wolverine for 22 years and
his broad experience puts him in a unique position to lead this important
global operations function.
    James D. Zwiers has been promoted to Senior Vice President of the
Company, effective January 1, 2008.  In this new position, Mr. Zwiers will be
responsible for the Company's retail, legal, new business development and
strategic planning operations.  Since joining the Company in 1998, Mr. Zwiers
has had extensive experience in both domestic and international assignments
and has been a key strategic contributor to the Company's success.  Mr. Zwiers
most recently served as President of the U.S. Hush Puppies business and
previously as General Counsel and Secretary for the Company.
    Turning to the Company's branded operating groups, Scott B. Sible has
been promoted to President, Outdoor Group, consisting of the Merrell and
Patagonia brands. The Sebago business will be transferred to the Heritage
Brand Group, positioning it to take advantage of that group's global
infrastructure to accelerate the growth of this 61-year-old brand.  Mr. Sible
was previously President of the Merrell business and, in his new role, will
assume global responsibility for strategic direction and accelerated growth in
the Merrell and Patagonia businesses.
    In a related move, Nicholas P. Ottenwess will be appointed Senior Vice
President - Operations of the Outdoor Group, with responsibility for the
Group's global operations, strategic development, finance and administrative
functions.  During his 19 years with the Company, Mr. Ottenwess has held a
broad range of domestic and international corporate and operational positions
in the Company.  Mr. Ottenwess currently serves as Vice President - Finance
and Corporate Controller, a capacity he will continue to serve in during the
CFO transition.
    Mark Neal has been promoted to President of the global Hush Puppies
Company, effective January 1, 2008.  He replaces Spencer E. (Skip) Zimmerman,
who will be retiring from the Company in June 2008 as head of the Hush Puppies
Company.  Mr. Neal has been with the Company for 12 years and currently serves
as President of Hush Puppies - International, a position he has held since
2002.  He previously served as Vice President of Sales for the Hush Puppies
U.S. business.
    A.T. Payne will become Vice President and General Manager of the Hush
Puppies U.S. business effective January 1, 2008.  Mr. Payne currently serves
as Vice President and General Manager of the CAT and Harley-Davidson Footwear
businesses in the U.S.  He has been with Wolverine for more than 15 years,
having held a variety of senior leadership positions within the Wolverine
Footwear and Heritage Brands groups.
    Commenting on the promotions, Blake W. Krueger, CEO and President stated,
"Today's announced promotions demonstrate the significant strength and depth
of Wolverine's global management team.  These organizational moves establish
the senior leadership team that will focus on achieving our longer-term goals
and strategies.  A great company has the ability to reshape the organization
to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive global environment.
These changes enhance and realign our corporate structure and position the
Company to continue to deliver consistent record performance."
    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 and uniform footwear.  The Company's portfolio
of highly recognized brands includes: Bates(R), Hush Puppies(R), HYTEST(R),
Merrell(R), Sebago(R) and Wolverine(R).  The Company also is the exclusive
footwear licensee of popular brands including CAT(R), Harley-Davidson(R) and
Patagonia(R). The Company's products are carried by leading retailers in the
U.S. and globally in nearly 180 countries. For additional information, please
visit our website, www.wolverineworldwide.com.




For further information:

For further information: Christi Cowdin of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 
+1-616-866-6271 Web Site: http://www.wolverineworldwide.com

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