Footwear firm RG Barry Corporation has announced the departure of executive vice-president Tom Coughlin to accept a top position with an unnamed consumer products company.

The Ohio-based company said it would not immediately replace Coughlin, but rather let his duties be absorbed by other managerial staff.

"Since joining us in April 2002, Tom has made significant contributions and has developed an organisation that will continue to positively influence our business," CEO Gordon Zacks said.

"We wish him continued success in his new position."