Children's shoe company Stride Rite has appointed Mark J Cocozza to its board of directors following an agreement with a group of investors led by Barington Capital Group.

Cocozza has more than 30 years' experience in the footwear industry and was previously chairman and CEO of Maxwell Shoe Company. Earlier in his career, he spent 16 years at Stride Rite in various management positions.

Stride Rite chairman and CEO David Chamberlain said the company was "excited" that Cocozza was joining its board. "With his broad industry background, experiences and insights, Mark will be a superb addition to our board," he said.