Retailer Brown Shoe Company Inc has named Mark Schmitt as its new chief information officer, tasked with leading the company's IT initiatives.

Schmitt brings experience at various information technology roles including UPS, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Express Scripts.

"His work in management information systems, specifically his experience implementing and upgrading SAP and other application platforms, will be of benefit to Brown Shoe Company," said Mark Hood, chief financial officer for Brown Shoe Company. "In addition, his background in supply chain and logistics, as well as his strategic planning experience, will also be of great value to the company."

Brown Shoe Company operates more than 1,300 Famous Footwear and Naturalizer retail stores across the US, Canada and China. It also designs, sources and markets wholesale shoe brands such as Naturalizer, Dr Scholl's Shoes, LifeStride, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Via Spiga, and Etienne Aigner.