SOURCE: Collective Brands, Inc.

Collective Brands, Inc.

April 12, 2011 17:19 ET

Payless ShoeSource Names Andrew Meyer Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Women's and Accessories Collections

TOPEKA, KS--(Marketwire - Apr 12, 2011) - Payless ShoeSource announced today that Andrew Meyer has been named Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Payless' Women's and Accessories businesses, reporting to LuAnn Via, President and Chief Executive Officer of Payless.

In his role Meyer will be responsible for leading the Women's and Accessories merchandise buying teams and setting product strategies aimed at democratizing fashion and connecting with consumers. He will oversee product creation and merchandising for the Women's footwear and Accessory collections, covering a range of brands including Dexter, Brash, Airwalk, and Payless designer labels by Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Isabel Toledo and Silvia Tcherassi, as well as all accessory products for women, men and kids including handbags, socks, scarves, jewelry and Payless' latest fashion accessory -- beauty and body products. In this role, Meyer will partner with the Payless marketing team to communicate the Payless brand message through on-trend merchandise and other messaging initiatives targeting specific customer segments.

"Andy brings 25 years of experience as a merchant in the footwear industry across Men's, Women's and Children's footwear categories," said Via. "We are thrilled to welcome Andy to the Payless team and look forward to his valuable contributions as we continue to democratize fashion and design in footwear and accessories for Payless customers around the world."

Meyer most recently served as Vice President and Merchandise Manager, Women's Footwear for Famous Footwear, a division of Brown Shoe Corporation. Prior to Famous Footwear, Meyer served as a Senior Buyer for Women's and Children's footwear and Senior Buyer of Men's footwear at Just for Feet, a division of Footstar, Inc. He started his merchandise buying career as a buyer in Women's and Kid's footwear for Venture Stores, a division of the May Company, in 1986, and later served as Buyer, Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager at Pic and Pay Stores. Meyer earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Saint Louis University.

About Payless and Collective Brands

Payless ShoeSource, Inc., a unit of Collective Brands, Inc., is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and is dedicated to democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories for all to enjoy. Payless offers customers a range of well-recognized brands such as Dexter®, Airwalk®, Champion®, Above the Rim® and Smart Fit®, as well as designer labels by Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Isabel Toledo and Silvia Tcherassi. As of the end of 2010, the company operated nearly 4,500 stores throughout the Americas and an online store ( and also has more than 60 franchised stores located in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS) is a leader in bringing compelling lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company operates three strategic units covering a powerful brand portfolio, as well as multiple price points and selling channels including retail, wholesale, ecommerce and licensing. Collective Brands, Inc. includes Payless ShoeSource, focused on democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories through its nearly 4,500-store retail chain, with its brands Airwalk®, Dexter®, Champion®, Zoe & Zac™, the first-ever affordable green footwear brand, and designer collections by fashion designers Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Isabel Toledo and Silvia Tcherassi; Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group, focused on lifestyle and performance branded footwear and high-quality children's footwear sold primarily through wholesaling, with its brands including Stride Rite®, Keds®, Sperry Top-Sider® Robeez®, and Saucony®, among others; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as Airwalk®, Above The Rim®, Vision Street Wear®, STRIKEFORCE™, Clinch Gear™, Sims®, Lamar® and LTD®, World Snowboarding Championships™ and Hind®. Information about, and links for shopping on, each of the Collective Brand's units can be found at

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