The Hush Puppies Company announced today the appointment of Bill Mirecki to the newly created position of global products director, Hush Puppies International. Mirecki will report to Dan West, president, Hush Puppies International.

In announcing the creation of this position, West stated: "Internationally, the Hush Puppies brand is stronger than ever. The success of the global brand repositioning plan, "One World - One Brand - One Product Line," started nearly four years ago, has resulted in an increased demand for global product styles. Five years ago, Hush Puppies brand footwear was considered a local brand in many international markets. Today, a significant portion of the product ranges of the 82 countries where Hush Puppies branded footwear are sold, now includes global product - styles consistent from market to market. Mirecki, in this new role, will work closely with the company's product development and global sourcing operations to ensure the rising demands of this expanding global enterprise are met."

West concluded by saying: "Mirecki's strong working knowledge of the footwear industry, gained from positions in retail and wholesale management, product merchandising, range building and leather making, makes him ideally suited for this new position."

Mirecki holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University. His tenure in the footwear industry includes key management and sales positions at Pfister & Vogel Leather Company and the Florsheim Group, Inc.

Wolverine World Wide, Inc manufactures and markets a wide variety of branded footwear and performance leathers. Major branded products of the company include: Bates Uniform Footwear; Caterpillar Footwear; Coleman Footgear; Harley-Davidson Footwear; Hush Puppies shoes, slippers, and accessories; HYTEST safety footwear; Merrell performance outdoor footwear; Wolverine work, sport and rugged outdoor footwear, apparel and accessories; and Wolverine All Season Weather Leathers. The company's premier comfort technologies include: Air Paradise, Bounce, Comfort Curve, Wolverine DuraShocks and DuraShocks Motion Control, Wolverine Fusion and Zero-G.