Heading into the important December market, Camuto Group has made a major executive appointment, appointing Susan Pellish-Thaler group president of footwear, Vince Camuto and Louise et Cie. In her new role, Pellish-Thaler will oversee the shoe businesses for both brands domestically.
Most recently, the executive was GM of Sam Edelman. Before that, she was president of a specialty division at Nine West Corp., a company co-founded by the late Vince Camuto. Previously, Pellish-Thaler was VP of footwear, handbags and accessories at Saks Fifth Avenue for a decade and also held other department-store roles.
“I am extremely excited to have Susan join our executive team. Her experience speaks for itself, and she is a perfect fit for the culture at Camuto Group,” said Camuto CEO Alex Del Cielo.
Del Cielo added that the move will allow Ed Ferrell to fully step into his role as president and chief merchandising officer of the company. Ferrell had previously been heavily involved in overseeing the footwear division.
Pellish-Thaler, who will report to Ferrell, said, “I’m looking forward to working alongside the best in the business and growing the brands in partnership with Ed and the entire Camuto Group team.”
In addition, Camuto Group announced the promotion of Leah Robert to chief communications and strategic development officer, reporting directly to Del Cielo.
In addition to her current responsibilities, Robert, who was most recently EVP of licensing and marketing, will develop corporate strategy with the executive team and manage corporate communications.