US-based Spira Footwear has hired Jim Tompkins, the former president and chief operating officer of New Balance Athletic Shoe, as president of its patented WaveSpring-inspired Spira brand.

For the past year, Tompkins has served in an advisory role to direct the development and expansion of product at Spira.

“We’re very excited to have Jim serve as President of Spira. He is one of the most well liked and respected executives in our industry and provides a unique combination of experience, leadership, passion and integrity,” said Spira founder and CEO Andy Krafsur.