Footwear retailer Shoe Pavilion has named Neil Watanabe as executive vice president and chief financial officer, following the resignation of vice president finance and CFO John Hellmann.

Hellman has left the company in order to remain in Northern California following the company's decision moves its principal executive offices to Southern California .

Watanabe will oversee the company's finance, investor relations, systems, human resources, legal operations, distribution operations, and strategic planning. He has more than 25 years of retail financial and operational experience and most recently served as executive vice president and CFO of Elizabeth Arden Spas.

Chief executive officer Dmitry Beinus said: "His substantial operating and management experience includes managing hundreds of retail locations in addition to managing the financial reporting of large public companies."

Shoe Pavilion is an independent off-price footwear retailer based in the Western US.