Phoenix Footwear Group, Inc. appointed James Clopton as president of its Tommy Bahama Footwear and H.S. Trask divisions, effective March 3. Clopton brings to Phoenix Footwear over 30 years of senior level footwear, accessories and apparel experience. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Senior Vice President, Customer/Business Development, for the Dockers brand, a division of Levi Strauss & Co.

Before that, Mr. Clopton was Senior Vice President, Wholesale, for Cole Haan where he was responsible for all sales, marketing and customer relationship activities. Prior to his time with Cole Haan, Mr. Clopton spent over 20 years with Levi Strauss & Co. where he held positions of Vice President, Sales/Retail Marketing, for the Dockers brand and Vice President, Customer Relations, for the entire corporation.

“We are thrilled to have Jim on board to lead our Tommy Bahama Footwear and H.S. Trask divisions,” said Cathy Taylor, Phoenix Footwear's CEO. “During his distinguished career, Mr. Clopton has built a strong skill set that encompasses strategic planning, merchandising, sales and brand management. We are pleased with the current performance of Tommy Bahama and H.S. Trask, and believe that Jim's leadership and industry expertise will be invaluable assets in contributing to the divisions' future growth.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to lead the Tommy Bahama and H.S. Trask divisions and be part of “Phoenix Footwear,” commented Clopton. “These brands clearly have untapped potential and tremendous growth opportunity and have begun to build strong momentum in the market. I am confident that both of these brands have a tremendous future and I look forward to building upon their existing strengths.”