FDRA Adds to Board, Looks to Reinvigorate FFANY

From left to right, top to bottom: FDRA Chairman Mike Jeppesen, Brandis Russell, Tanya Golesic, Keli Lerdal, Susan Itzkowitz, Jim Salzano, Robert Geller, Carrie Rubin, Tacey Powers.

Industry organization Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) has added eight new members to its board of directors. The group of footwear execs joining the board will play a role as FDRA assumes control and aims to reinvigorate the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) — a merger between the FDRA and FFANY became official in October.

FDRA Chairman Mike Jeppesen, President, Global Operations Group at Wolverine Worldwide, congratulated the new members, noting that they will help guide FDRA through its continued transformation.

“FDRA is now more vital than ever after taking over FFANY, New York market weeks and as it continues to provide companies with key business data and intelligence,” said Jeppesen. "These new board members will enhance our mission in support of our efforts to remake market weeks and work more closely together across categories and channels, reinvigorating the industry in 2021 and beyond.”

The new members of FDRA’s Board are: Brandis Russell, Vice President Global Footwear, Converse; Tanya Golesic, President, Jimmy Choo; Susan Itzkowitz, President, Marc Fisher Footwear; Keli Lerdal, Director Global Sourcing, Target; Tacey Powers, EVP GMM Shoes, Nordstrom; Carrie Rubin, President North America, Pentland; Robert Geller, Chief Revenue Officer, White Mountain; Jim Salzano, President & CEO, Jones & Vining.

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