Footwear retailer Collective Brands Inc has promoted John D Smith to the post of senior vice president and general manager of retail for its Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG), which includes the 360-store Stride Rite chain.

Reporting to Sharon John, the new president of the Stride Rite Children's Group, he will be responsible for the overall strategy for the PLG's retail businesses.

As well as Stride Rite, the units brands include Keds, Sperry Top-Sider, Robeez, and Saucony.

Smith joined the company in 2005 as vice president of corporate strategy, and in 2007 was named division senior vice president of store development. In May 2009 he was promoted to his most recent role as senior vice president of store development and procurement for Collective Brands.

"We have tremendous opportunities to grow and evolve PLG's retail business," said Gregg Ribatt, CEO of PLG.

"John's background and leadership will be an immensely valuable asset to help us establish and execute retail strategies and the appropriate operational infrastructure for maximum long-term growth."