Caleres Inc. announced Amy Hunter will join the company as VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to drive its strategy development and organization and oversee the company’s affirmative action plans. She will also be tasked to recruit diverse candidates for open positions within the company with leadership accountability.

“Earlier this year we made a commitment to our associates, partners and customers around several initiatives to recharge our DE&I efforts. This included refining our diversity statement to use as a guide in everything we do, identifying and activating an inclusion and diversity advisory council, providing mandatory unconscious bias training for all associates and hiring a senior-level executive who could focus on these initiatives,” said Diane Sullivan, CEO, president and chairman of Caleres. “We were fortunate to find Amy and her extensive experience, tremendous expertise and proven track record of success will be essential as we move forward with our efforts. We look forward to her leadership as we seek to elevate our focus and accelerate our initiatives in the most meaningful way possible.”

Prior to joining Caleres, Hunter was responsible for leading global Diversity & Inclusion for Boeing Defense and Space, as well as corporate groups.  She previously worked for BJC Healthcare’s St. Louis Children’s Hospital and YWCA Metro St. Louis.

Caleres’ businesses include Famous Footwear, Sam Edelman, Naturalizer, Allen Edmonds, Vionic, and Dr. Scholl’s.

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