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Stepping into Success: Liz Dunn Takes on New Role at Caleres

April 2024

Spelman Alumna Lizabeth Dunn

Caleres, Inc., the parent company of renowned footwear brands such as Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, Vionic, Allen Edmonds, Blowfish Malibu, and Sam Edelman, has appointed Spelman alumna Liz Dunn, C'96, as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Communications.

Dunn brings nearly three decades of experience across equity research, investment banking, consulting, and finance to her new role. As an independent consultant to retailers, brands, and private equity firms for the past decade, she offers valuable strategic insight to Caleres.

In a release published by Caleres, CEO Jay Schmidt said, “We are pleased to welcome Liz to the Caleres leadership team. Liz has been working closely with Caleres for the last year as a consultant to provide a thoughtful perspective on our strategic and financial plans, said Schmidt. 

"Achieving our growth objectives will require disciplined execution and coordinated communication. I am confident Liz’s knowledge and expertise will support our efforts to drive value for our shareholders.”

With over a decade as a sell-side equity research analyst, Dunn's expertise spans diverse sectors including footwear and apparel, luxury, department stores, and specialty retail. Her contributions have earned her recognition in national print and television media as a trusted authority on retail and consumer trends.

Having served on the boards of public companies and non-profit organizations, Dunn's commitment to driving positive change extends beyond corporate realms. Her journey began with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman, where she cultivated analytical skills and a passion for change.

In the company release, Dunn said, “I am pleased to be joining Caleres at this pivotal time,” Dunn said. “Caleres has transformed its earnings power and recently outlined plans for even greater growth in earnings and shareholder value. I look forward to being part of the team that works to achieve these goals."


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