Rack Room Shoes stated that Brian Burnett, formerly at The Sports Authority, will succeed Terry Apple as vice president and general merchandise manager (GMM) on Thursday, September 1.

Apple, who currently serves as VP/GMM, will work with Burnett to ensure a seamless and orderly transition for an extended length of time.

A long-time senior executive, Apple is known for a wide variety of company accomplishments that include setting new sales records for the brand while overseeing the Men’s, Women’s, Athletics, Children’s and Accessories Buying departments.

“Rack Room Shoes has accomplished more than I ever could have dreamed when I arrived 14 years ago,” said Apple. “I’m confident that this move ensures the company’s long-term success, and I look forward to working closely with Brian throughout the transition period.”

A footwear industry veteran, Burnett brings nearly 20 years of experience in strategy development, category management, merchandising and a variety of marketing skills to his new position. Previously, he served as vice president, DMM footwear and socks for Denver-based Sports Authority, where he also held an earlier role as senior buyer, Men’s Athletic and Lifestyle Footwear.

Burnett will be responsible for the strategy behind Rack Room Shoes’ entire merchandising division. He was recently named to the 2015 SportsOneSource SGB 40 Under 40 list.

“A successful transition will allow us to maintain our positive sales momentum of the last five years,” said Mark Lardie, president and CEO of Rack Room Shoes. “Terry is my close, personal friend of 30 years and has been a beloved member of our team. With this announcement, we wish him the best and welcome Brian, his wife and two children to the Rack Room Shoes family.”

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