US-based footwear and accessories manufacturer RG Barry has promoted Lee Smith to president of its footwear business unit, replacing Nancy Coons. 

Smith, who has served as senior vice president of strategic brand and channel services at RG Barry since last year, will start his new role today (14 October). 

He joined the company in 2006 as senior vice president of design and product development.

Coons joined RG Barry in July 2010 as the president of its Dearfoams brand, which makes footwear, slippers and sleepwear products.

Prior to that, she operated her own brand consulting business and managed apparel businesses at the executive level for firms such as New Balance Athletic Shoe and Nike.

RG Barry last month reported a 40.7% decline in fourth-quarter earnings to $281,000, offsetting a slight increase in total sales.