Brown Shoe names Diane Sullivan chairman
Ms. Sullivan will add chairmanship duties to her existing roles as president and chief executive officer, when Ron Fromm steps down from his chairman role. Fromm will remain a member of Brown Shoe Company’s board of directors.
Ms. Sullivan joined Brown Shoe Company in 2004 as president and assumed the additional role of chief operating officer in 2006. She was elected to Brown Shoe Company’s board of directors in 2007. Prior to Brown Shoe Company, she worked at The Stride Rite Corporation, where she served as president and chief operating officer of the corporation and as a member of the board of directors.
From there, Ms. Sullivan went to Phillips-Van Heusen as vice chairman of Footwear before joining Brown Shoe Company. In addition to serving on several footwear industry boards, she is currently on the boards of BJC HealthCare and Enterprise Holdings and will become a member of the board of trustees at Washington University on July 1, 2013.
She received her M.B.A. from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and her B.S. in Business Administration from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.