Value footwear retailer Shoe Carnival has appointed Carl Scibetta as executive vice president and general merchandise manager.

Scibetta joins Shoe Carnival with over 32 years of experience in the footwear industry. He replaces Cliff Sifford, who was named president and CEO of the company in October following the resignation of Mark Lemond.

Scibetta most recently served vice president and divisional merchandise manager of footwear at department store retailer Belk. He has previously held various positions at the Shoe Corporation of America and Wohl Shoe Co.

Sifford said Scibetta's "extensive experience in footwear for the entire family will help us to continue to provide the right assortment of trend right product".

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Shoe Carnival Appoints New General Merchandise Manager

New GMM Brings 32 years of Footwear Industry Experience to the Company

EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shoe Carnival, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCVL), a leading retailer of value-priced footwear and accessories, appointed Carl Scibetta as Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, effective Monday, December 3, 2012. Mr. Scibetta will take over the responsibilities as General Merchandise Manager from Cliff Sifford, who was recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Scibetta will report directly to Mr. Sifford.

Mr. Sifford commented, “We are extremely excited to have Carl join our Shoe Carnival team. His extensive experience in footwear for the entire family will help us to continue to provide the right assortment of trend right product our customers have come to expect from Shoe Carnival. Additionally, we believe his proven success in non-athletics will help us attract new customers and provide a deeper assortment of brand name footwear at a compelling value to existing customers.”

Mr. Scibetta joins Shoe Carnival with over 32 years of experience in the footwear industry. Most recently, Mr. Scibetta served as Belk’s Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Footwear, at its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this role, Mr. Scibetta was responsible for buying, planning and distribution of all family footwear for Belk. During his years with Belk, Mr. Scibetta served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including Divisional Merchandise Manager and Buyer, before becoming its Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager in 2008. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Scibetta served as Parisian’s Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Footwear, and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager with the Shoe Corporation of America. His impressive footwear career began at the Wohl Shoe Company, where from 1980 to 1994 he served in positions of increasing responsibility from Field Supervisor, to Merchandiser, Planner, and Merchandise Manager.

Mr. Scibetta stated, “I’m very excited to be working with the Shoe Carnival as an executive on the merchandising team. This is a great opportunity for me to leverage my background of working closely with the vendor community to build strong assortments of branded footwear at a value to the consumer. I look forward to helping the Company as they focus on their goals of increasing unit growth and capitalizing on opportunities to expand sales of family footwear that increasingly resonates with today’s value conscious consumer.”

About Shoe Carnival

Shoe Carnival, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest family footwear retailers, offering a broad assortment of moderately priced dress, casual and athletic footwear for men, women and children with emphasis on national and regional name brands. As of December 4, 2012, the Company operates 352 stores in 32 states and Puerto Rico, and offers online shopping at www.shoecarnival.com. Headquartered in Evansville, IN, Shoe Carnival trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the symbol SCVL. Shoe Carnival's press releases and annual report are available on the Company's website at www.shoecarnival.com.

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