Wolverine Worldwide hires first chief merchant officer
Wolverine Worldwide has tapped an expert to fill a newly created role overseeing its merchandising growth strategy.
The Rockford-based footwear and apparel maker hired veteran merchandising and branding executive Angelo Ng as the company’s first-ever chief merchant officer, according to the company today.
“We’re thrilled to add Angelo to our leadership team,” said Blake Krueger, chair, president and CEO, Wolverine Worldwide. “We believe his passion and strategic vision, as well as his global industry experience, will be instrumental as we continue to pursue our global growth agenda.”
Ng will lead the merchandising growth strategy and innovation roadmap for Wolverine’s portfolio of brands. He will focus on aligning consumer insights, market intelligence, advanced concepts, trends and strategy to support Wolverine’s growth plans.
“I’m honored to have been selected,” Ng said. “I was attracted to Wolverine because of the company’s brand portfolio, demonstrated success and incredible team.
“Merchandising is a critical function to shape the future. I want consumers to think of Wolverine brands first when purchasing footwear, apparel and accessories for their sporting, outdoor or work lifestyle needs.”
Ng brings more than 25 years of merchandising, sourcing and marketing experience at a variety of brands.
He has held merchandising roles of increasing responsibility during the past 18 years for the Levi’s and Dockers brands in Europe, America and Asia.
Most recently, he served as VP of Levi’s men’s, collections, collaborations and accessories merchandising.
Previously, Ng held managerial roles in merchandising and sourcing at Nike Europe.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
Founded in 1883, Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW) makes footwear and apparel for a variety of markets: casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children’s and uniform.
In addition to its own portfolio of 10 brands — Bates, Chaco, Hush Puppies, HYTEST, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, Stride Rite and Wolverine — the company is also the global footwear licensee of the brands Cat and Harley-Davidson.
Its products are carried by retailers in about 200 countries and territories.
The company reported revenue of about $2.2 billion in 2018.