Deckers Brands, parent of Hoka, Teva and Ugg brands, reported that Dave Powers announced he is retiring as president and CEO, effective August 1, 2024. He will continue serving as a member of Deckers Brands Board of Directors through its 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Stefano Caroti, the company’s chief commercial officer, will be appointed president and CEO, effective upon Powers’ retirement. His appointment follows a thorough succession planning process by the Board, assisted by an executive search firm. Deckers also expects Caroti to be nominated as a board member at the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

“For more than a decade, Dave has played an instrumental role in building Deckers into the leader it is today,” said Mike Devine, chairman of the Board at Deckers Brands. “Dave has fostered each of our brands so that they have become consumer favorites, capitalizing on market trends and dramatically increasing shareholder value throughout his tenure. On behalf of the entire Board and management team, I thank Dave for his outstanding leadership over the last decade and wish him the best in his retirement. We look forward to continuing to benefit from Dave’s insights as CEO in the coming months, and then as a director.”

“Serving as CEO of Deckers has been a great honor, and I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments to date,” said Powers. “Since joining Deckers in 2012, we have experienced explosive growth driven by incredible – and still increasing – brand heat across Ugg and Hoka. Our organization has proven to be incredibly resilient, and we have worked with agility to continuously achieve our goal of doing good and doing great. I’m confident Deckers will continue to excel throughout this transition and into the future with Stefano at the helm, and I wish all my colleagues the best as we begin our next chapter.”

Devine continued, “We are thrilled to name Stefano as our next president and CEO. Stefano has extensive industry experience and has seamlessly led our Omni-Channel, Regional and Hoka brand operations during some of Deckers’ most pivotal years. He has been a key member of the executive team helping to craft and progress our consumer-focused strategy and inclusive, engaged culture. Stefano’s demonstrated success and passion for our values make him the clear choice to lead Deckers into the future.”

“It is a privilege to step into this role as we continue to build on Deckers’ strong momentum,” said Caroti. “Over the next six months, I look forward to working with Dave, who is a great mentor, colleague and friend, to continue executing on our strategy and ensure a smooth transition. With our experienced management team, dedicated employees, and innovative products that resonate with consumers around the world, Deckers is well-positioned to continue cutting through a highly competitive marketplace and take advantage of the many opportunities ahead.”

Caroti has over 32 years of industry experience in general management, sales, retail, product, marketing, business strategy, and brand management. He was appointed as the CCO of Deckers in April 2023 after having been the company’s president of Omni-Channel for nearly eight years and as interim president of Hoka. Before Deckers, Caroti was the CCO and managing director at Puma and held several senior executive positions at Nike, Inc., including vice president of EMEA commerce, vice president of EMEA footwear and general manager for Germany and Italy. He received a B.A. with honors from Middlebury College.

Images courtesy Deckers Brands