Wolverine Worldwide has promoted Richie Woodworth as president of the clothing and footwear company's Lifestyle Group, which includes the Sperry, Stride Rite, Keds, and Hush Puppies brands.

Effective 3 January, Woodworth will replace Andy Simister, who is leaving the company to return to the UK for personal reasons.

With more than 30 years of experience in branded footwear and apparel, Woodworth most recently led the global growth of Wolverine Worldwide's Saucony brand since 2006. 

"As president of Saucony, he has built a dynamic lifestyle business, a strong and growing international business, and successfully launched apparel and accessories – all in complement to the brand's core running business," said Wolverine chairman, president and CEO Blake Krueger. 

He has previously held various executive positions including president of Tommy Hilfiger Footwear and president of the Greg Norman Collection at Reebok.