Collective Brands Inc, the holding company of Payless ShoeSource, Stride Rite and Collective Licensing International, has promoted Darrel Pavelka to the position of executive vice president, global supply chain.

Reporting to Matt Rubel, president and CEO of Collective Brands, Pavelka will oversee all aspects of getting products to market, including product development, sourcing, logistics, merchandise planning, allocation, and inventory management.

His remit covers 220m pairs of shoes annually for the entire Collective Brands organisation, including all branded products for the Payless and Stride Rite business units.

Most recently, Pavelka served as senior vice president, global supply chain, Payless ShoeSource.

"Darrel is one of our most seasoned and experienced leaders and his newly expanded role is in direct recognition of his valued contribution in leading our global supply chain for Payless, his 27 years of expertise at Payless and rich understanding of our customers, and the strategic importance of the global supply chain operation to the future success of Collective Brands," said Matt Rubel.

Pavelka joined Payless in 1980 as a store manager. Over the past 27 years, he has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility and led teams of expertise in key areas for Payless including retail operations, merchandising and supply chain.