Brian C Cook, executive vice president of Brown Shoe Company Inc and president of Famous Footwear, is to retire next month. On retirement, he will become a special assistant to the chairman of the company, Ron Fromm, providing strategic counsel. A search for Mr Cook's replacement is well under way. In the interim, Brown Shoe Chairman and CEO Ron Fromm will assume day-to-day leadership of the division. Mr. Fromm spent 13 years at Famous Footwear, most recently as executive vice president, before accepting the presidency of Brown Shoe in 1998.