Famous Footwear, a division of Brown Shoe Company Inc has expanded its executive management team with the appointment of Richard Ausick as SVP-chief merchandise officer and Scott Cooper as SVP-marketing.

Richard Ausick was most recently senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Shopko Stores, a 141-store chain based in Green Bay, WI. From 1984 to 1998, he held a number of senior merchandising positions at the Burdines department store chain, including senior vice president-GMM Home, vice president-planning distribution, and merchandise vice president-footwear.

Since 1993 Scott Cooper has been president and managing partner of The Hiebing Group, a $40 million advertising/communications firm based in Madison, WI. At The Hiebing Group, he was the managing director of Famous Footwear's account for 11 years, with direct responsibility for providing marketing counsel and advertising services to Famous Footwear from 1985 to 1996.

Famous Footwear, with 924 stores nationwide, is one of the US's largest retailers of brand name, value-priced footwear for the family.