The Jones Group Inc. said Rick Paterno, formerly president, wholesale better footwear brands, has been appointed group president of footwear. Paterno will be responsible for all of Jones' wholesale footwear businesses, both domestically and internationally.

Also, Ron Offir, formerly president of e-commerce, has been appointed president, Jones Direct Group. Offir will be responsible for all of Jones' direct to consumer businesses, including company-owned and e-commerce retail.

Both will report directly to Richard Dickson, president and chief executive officer of Branded Businesses. Dina Battipaglia, group president of Handbags, and Fran Lukas, Group President of Jones Jewelry Group will also report to Dickson.

This reorganization follows the departures of Andrew Cohen, formerly chief executive officer of footwear, Accessories and Retail, and Jay Friedman, who formerly led the company-owned retail business. Messrs. Cohen and Friedman have left the company to pursue personal interests.

Dickson stated: “We congratulate Rick and Ron on these well deserved promotions. This management restructuring gives more dedicated leadership to these specific categories of business and will help The Jones Group continue to develop into a premier portfolio of brands in fashion.”

Wesley Card, chief executive officer of The Jones Group, stated: “We greatly appreciate Andy's and Jay's substantive contributions to The Jones Group. Both are fine and accomplished professionals, and we wish them only the best as they pursue their personal interests.”