Bill May has been appointed to the new post of executive vice president and chief operating officer of Payless ShoeSource, effective 23 April.

May will report to Matt Rubel, president and chief executive officer of the Topeka, Kansas-based chain of 4,572 footwear stores.

For the last three years, May has been executive VP and COO of Tween Brands. In 2002 and 2003, he was senior VP of operations at Fleming Companies and president and CEO of the Fleming's Wholesale Grocery division.

He has also served in operational roles at Gap, Spartan Stores, Nash Finch and General Motors, among other firms.

"Bill has a rich history and strong expertise in operational leadership at large, retail-oriented enterprises, and specifically in vertically integrated, specialty retail operations, having served most recently at Tween Brands," said Rubel. "We look forward to Bill joining our executive team in this important new role.

"He will lead our finance, IT and real estate to full integrate them into our strategy and create high-performing platforms of expertise," the CEO concluded.

Continuing to report to Rubel will be global sourcing and supply chain, merchandising, marketing, retail operations, law and human resources.
By Arnold J Karr.