- Marjorie van Elven |
Athletic footwear and apparel retailer Foot Locker has announced a realignment of its organizational operation model into three geographical regions: Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia-Pacific; and North America. The company’s aim, according to a statement, is to “better align its resources across international businesses, and to develop an infrastructure to support an expansion plan within the Asian market”.
Asia is Foot Locker’s main focus area at the moment. Last year, the company opened stores and e-commerce channels in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Mainland China, as well as new headquarters in Singapore. Now, it aims to strengthen its digital channels and explore more expansion opportunities in the region.
In order to achieve these goals, the company has promoted Lew Kimble to the role of Executive Vice President and CEO, Asia Pacific. A veteran in the company, Kimble has been with Foot Locker for over 40 years, his latest role being Executive Vice President and CEO, International. In addition, Foot Locker has appointed Vijay Talwar as Executive Vice President and CEO for the EMEA region. He first joined the company in 2016, after holding several senior roles in companies such as Sears, Blue Nile and Nike. As for North America, Stephen Jacobs continues to serve as Executive Vice President and CEO for the region.
Founded in 1974 in the United States, Foot Locker currently operates 3,220 stores in 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, under nameplates Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Runners Point and Footaction, among others.