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Aerosoles picks footwear veteran as CEO


New Jersey-based women's shoe company Aerosoles has named a retail and footwear industry veteran as its next CEO.

The company has named retail and footwear industry veteran executive R. Shawn Neville as chief executive officer. Neville takes over from interim CEO Caryn Lerner, operating partner of Palladin Consumer Retail Partners LLC, which acquired privately owned Aerosoles in June 2014. His initial key initiatives will include strengthening Aerosoles' go-to-market strategy, branding, store design, merchandising, product development, e/m-commerce and overall expansion strategy.

"Shawn is a results-oriented leader with the strategic expertise and management skills to take Aerosoles to the next level," stated Palladin Consumer Retail Partners Operating Partner Caryn Lerner. "We are excited to have him aboard and look forward to working together in the months ahead."

With extensive global retail and brand development experience, including over two decades in the footwear sector, Neville comes to Aerosoles following six years at Avery Dennison Corp., leading its $1.6 billion retail branding and information solutions division as president.

Previously, he spent four years as a senior officer of Stride Rite and president of its Keds division after five years with Footstar, as president and CEO of its athletic division and the same role with Footaction USA. Most recently he served as CEO and president of team sports apparel company, Boathouse Sports.

In the 1990s Neville spent seven years with Reebok International, finishing his tenure as senior vice president and general manager of Reebok North America and president of Reebok France.

Other positions include executive marketing roles with VISA USA, and marketing and sales roles with Procter & Gamble, where he began his career after earning his B.S. with honors in Hotel/Restaurant Management & Finance from the University of Denver.

"I am very excited to be joining a company and brand with such a strong heritage, innovative proprietary technologies, and commitment to delivering fun stylish products to its consumers," stated Neville. "The brand has tremendous potential to become a powerful lifestyle brand rooted in helping women look and feel great. I look forward to developing a long-term strategy in partnership with our parent company, Palladin Consumer Retail Partners."

Aerosoles has 120 retail and outlet locations as well as online.

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