Rocky Shoes & Boots Inc, the manufacturer of outdoor, occupational and casual footwear, has appointed Jim McDonald as vice president-chief financial officer.

Mr McDonald was previously divisional chief financial officer for the Double H Boot Division of HH Brown Shoe Company, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. He has also served as divisional chief financial officer for the Lowell Shoe Division for HH Brown. Prior to that, he was a controller and staff accountant at Wright's Knitwear Corporation, a manufacturer of knitted apparel.

Mike Brooks, chairman and chief executive officer, commented: "We are very pleased to have Jim McDonald join our senior management team. His financial experience in the footwear industry, particularly in the areas of systems, budgeting and forecasting, will enable us to improve our internal and external reporting capabilities.''

David Fraedrich, who has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer since 1993, will be assuming other senior management responsibilities and will continue as a director of the company.