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Wolverine Worldwide names brand president

January 12, 2016
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Saucony is one of the many footwear brands made by Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide. Courtesy Wolverine Worldwide

A man with more than 25 years of experience in the footwear industry has been named a brand president at Wolverine Worldwide.

Rockford-based footwear and apparel maker Wolverine Worldwide said yesterday that it has appointed Pat O’Malley to the role at Saucony.

Saucony is a division of Wolverine Worldwide. It is a global running lifestyle brand.

He will report directly to Jim Gabel, president of Wolverine Worldwide’s Performance Group.

O’Malley succeeds Richie Woodworth, who was recently appointed president of Wolverine’s Lifestyle Group.

O’Malley

Most recently, O’Malley served as Saucony’s SVP of Global Product.

During this time, O’Malley developed “game-changing products” that have driven Saucony to become one of the top brands in the industry.

O’Malley also led the launches of the innovative ISOFIT and EVERUN collections.

Prior to his 12 years with Saucony, O’Malley held various leadership positions with Nike and Reebok.

O’Malley holds an M.B.A. and bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maine.

Brand building

Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide’s chairman, CEO and president, said O’Malley has continuously proven his ability to “build innovative and industry-leading teams” during his career in the industry.

“Wolverine’s vision is to build a family of the most admired performance and lifestyle brands on earth, and we are pleased to have Pat continue to contribute to that goal in his new role,” Krueger said.

O’Malley said he’s “excited by the opportunity to continue the brand’s success and drive growth for the Saucony footwear and apparel businesses.”

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