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Hufnagel Named President Wolverine Worldwide; New Merrell, Saucony Leaders Named


Wolverine World Wide, Inc. announced several senior leadership appointments today, including naming Chris Hufnagel President of Wolverine Worldwide, Janice Tennant Global Brand President of Merrell and Rob Griffiths Global Brand President of Saucony.

As President of Wolverine Worldwide, Hufnagel will be responsible for leading and driving strategy across the company’s portfolio of footwear brands, along with leading its consumer marketing and insights teams. Hufnagel’s 14-year career with Wolverine has included serving as Global Brand President of CAT Footwear, Global Brand President of Merrell, and most recently as President of the Company’s Active Group, with responsibility for Merrell, Saucony, Chaco, Kids Group, and Global Licensing. In his new role, Hufnagel will continue to report to Brendan Hoffman, Wolverine Worldwide’s Chief Executive Officer.

Tennant, the newly named Global Brand President of Merrell, replaces Hufnagel as Merrell’s leader. Tennant has served as Chief Marketing Officer of Merrell since 2020, after joining the Company as Chief Marketing Officer of CAT Footwear in 2018.

Griffiths, the new Global Brand President of Saucony, replaces Anne Cavassa, who recently left the company after five years as Saucony president. Griffiths has served Wolverine Worldwide as Managing Director of EMEA since 2021, responsible for leading the company’s commercial operations in this key region. In earlier roles, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Merrell in EMEA and Vice President and General Manager of Lifestyle Brands in EMEA. Prior to joining Wolverine Worldwide in 2013, Griffiths spent 15 years with global brands Esprit and Umbro.

“Merrell and Saucony are two of the brands we believe have the largest global growth potential within the portfolio, and we intend to focus our efforts and investments on these key brands,” said Hoffman. “I’m extremely excited to promote Janice and Rob, and I am confident these strong, experienced leaders will help drive our global strategy and position Wolverine Worldwide for long-term success.”