Full Name
Diane Sullivan
Job Title
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Speaker Bio
Diane Sullivan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caleres, a $2.8 billion portfolio of global footwear brands that includes Sam Edelman, Famous Footwear, Allen Edmonds, Naturalizer, Vionic, and Dr. Scholl’s Shoes. Under her leadership, Caleres transformed from a company that sells shoes to a company that builds brands by using deep consumer insights to create powerful consumer connections. She previously held the roles of President and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to Caleres, Ms. Sullivan had more than two decades of experience in consumer products, brand building, and the footwear industry at companies including Phillips-Van Heusen’s Footwear Group, Stride Rite Corporation, and Rockport. Prior to that, she held key brand management, marketing, and sales positions at The Mennen Company and M&M/Mars.

Ms. Sullivan was named the Footwear News Person of the Year in 2018 and 2013 and has been consistently named in the top 10 of the annual Footwear News Power 100 Most Influential Designers, Influencers, and Leaders in the Shoe Industry over the last decade.

Her philanthropic passion for the shoe industry, gender parity, education, and healthcare was celebrated in 2017 when she received the Footwear News Icon Award for Social Impact. She has been recognized by the Women’s Forum of New York for her commitment to gender parity, with more than 50 percent women on the Caleres board of directors. Ms. Sullivan serves on the boards of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, Enterprise Holdings, and the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. She is also an active member of Greater St. Louis Inc. and CEO’s Against Cancer of Missouri.

Ms. Sullivan received her M.B.A. from Babson College and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston College.
Diane Sullivan