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Designer Brands Names New DSW President

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Designer Brands has named Laura Denk President of DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and EVP of Designer Brands, effective July 24. Denk replaces Doug Howe, who was promoted to CEO of Designer Brands in April 2023. She brings an extensive background in merchandising, most recently as Chief Merchandising Officer at Michaels Stores, and also has held leadership positions at Claire’s and Macy’s.

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Laura Denk, President of DSW

Denk, who will report to Howe, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of DSW’s nearly 500 U.S. store locations and its ecommerce channel as well as helping further elevate the company’s owned brands and top national brands. The retailer has been expanding its roster of owned and exclusive brands, most recently with the February 2023 acquisition of Keds and licensing of the Hush Puppies brand.

“I am confident in Laura’s ability to lead the DSW organization forward in ways that will further elevate and grow the profile of our owned brands while ensuring we maintain our critical, core relationships with our top national brands within our retail footprint,” said Howe in a statement. “Our 30 million loyalty customers can expect an exciting future ahead for DSW, with Laura’s expertise driving us to the next phase of growth while maintaining our position as a leader in the footwear space.”

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