Wheeled footwear firm Heelys has accepted the resignation of Michael G Staffaroni, the company's CEO since 2001.

Ralph T Parks, former president and CEO of FootAction USA, will serve as interim CEO having been named to Heelys' board of directors on 29 January.

"Mike joined Heelys at the company's inception in 2000 and his contribution has been immeasurable," said Gary L Martin, chairman of Heelys' board of directors.

"He worked tirelessly to build Heelys into a global brand and was instrumental in the company's initial public offering."

Staffaroni will serve as an executive consultant to Heelys for one year to assist with the transition in management.

The company also announced that Don Carroll had joined its executive management team on 2 January as senior VP of marketing.