DSW Makes New Executive Appointments

by Katie Lee

Columbus, Ohio — DSW Inc., a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, has appointed Michele Love as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Designer Shoe Warehouse. The company also made two key appointments within its merchandising team.

Over the last 32 years, Love served in several leadership capacities within operations, merchandising and marketing at Nordstrom Inc., where she most recently spearheaded the rapid expansion of Nordstrom Rack. Love will report directly to DSW’s chief executive officer, Roger Rawlins.

Additionally, as the company continues to elevate experience and expertise within its merchandising talent, it has appointed James Weinberg as GMM of women’s footwear and Nancy Pastor as GMM of accessories. Weinberg and Pastor will both report directly to DSW’s vice chairman and chief merchandising officer, Debbie Ferrée.

Weinberg has 27 years of merchandising experience in apparel and accessories within the off-price, department store and ecommerce sectors. Weinberg joined DSW in 2015, subsequently holding the roles of senior vice president, general manager of the company’s affiliate business group and senior vice president, commercial operations at DSW Inc. Prior to joining the company, Weinberg was president and chief merchandising officer at Beyond the Rack and senior vice president, GMM at Burlington Coat Factory.

Pastor has 27 years of merchandising experience in accessories within the department store, value and specialty store channels. Prior to joining DSW, Pastor was the group vice president for jewelry, handbags and dress accessories at Macy’s. Prior to Macy’s, Pastor was with Payless Shoe Stores and also held progressive buying responsibilities at New York and Company and Saks Fifth Avenue.

“I am excited to have Michele, Jim and Nancy on the Designer Shoe Warehouse team,” says Roger Rawlins, DSW’s chief executive officer. “These three individuals bring valuable leadership and diverse expertise as we strengthen our focus on the customer, product and experience. We are building an elite team to lead Designer Shoe Warehouse and position it for continued long term growth.”

As of April 27, 2017, DSW operated 508 stores in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit http://www.dswinc.com.


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