Brown Shoe Company president and chief executive officer Diane Sullivan will add chairman to her title in February when Ron Fromm steps down.

Sullivan, who has held her current role for just over two years, has been focused on aligning the group's brands and businesses with its mission and strategic financial goals.

She joined the retailer in 2004 as president and assumed the additional role of chief operating officer in 2006.

Fromm will remain a member of the Brown Shoe board.