Jon Caplan, CEO of footwear, apparel and accessories brand Johnston & Murphy, will retire at the end of June. He will be succeeded by Danny Ewoldsen, who was named president of Johnston & Murphy in January 2018.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of the remarkable growth and success of Johnston & Murphy”, said Caplan in a statement. “I have the utmost confidence in Danny and the rest of the leadership team's ability to carry Johnston & Murphy's legacy into the future”.

Caplan first joined Genesco Inc, Johnston & Murphy’s parent company, in 1982. He held several roles within the corporation until 1992, when he left the position of President of Laredo/Code West Boot Company to join Stride Rite Children’s Group, where he led the Keds brand. He rejoined Genesco ten years after his departure, as president of Johnston & Murphy and CEO of Genesco’s Branded Group. “During his 16-year tenure, Caplan was instrumental in the brand’s transformation from a heritage dress shoe brand into a true lifestyle brand”, said the company in the same statement.

Founded in 1850 in Nashville, Tennessee, Johnston & Murphy is sold by more than 2,000 retail and wholesale locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Genesco Inc also owns a number of other footwear and accessories labels, including Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Schuh and Little Burgundy, which are offered by more than 1,500 stores in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland and Germany.

 

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