Venator Group, Inc (NYSE: Z), the New York-based athletic specialty retailer, today announced the promotion of Thomas J Slover to CEO of, its direct-to-customer athletic footwear and apparel business.

Mr. Slover's previous position was vice president of worldwide sourcing, which he has held since 1997. He will report to Dale W Hilpert, Venator Group's chairman and CEO.

"We will continue to develop our Internet business using the athletic industry leadership position of our 3,200 domestic retail stores and catalog operations in combination with our e-commerce business. Tom has proven that he has the management and merchandising skills to lead to achieve this potential," said Dale W Hilpert.

Mr Slover has 23 years of specialty retailing experience including buying, sourcing, planning and allocation, and retail systems development. Inc, a subsidiary of Venator Group, operates six e-commerce sites,,,,, and, the official store of the National Football League, and multiple athletic catalogs through its affiliates, including Eastbay.

Venator Group is a diversified global retailer that operates over 4,500 retail stores in North America, Europe and Australia. Its athletic group of specialty retail stores include Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Champs Sports, as well as its Internet/direct marketer Other specialty retail chains include the Northern Group of apparel stores.